Finally had that lesson last week.
It had been such a long time since the last one. Almost too long.
Her biggest hurdle is to go freely forward, truly using herself, coming over the back, relaxing, and releasing the neck out and forward, swinging. In all gaits.
I think she’s getting there. Or maybe at least half way. So, like any Type-A, really-want-to-do-well-and-keep-making-the-horse-better-rider, I was intent on finding out if she really was better.
Or if it was just imagination.
Frantically humping the poor thing across the diagonal in the free walk. -“See? She’s really coming along here!”
Throwing in random turns on the haunches to show how responsive she’s gotten to those aids. (Right. But it wasn’t lateral enough.)
It’s good if you can laugh at yourself during lessons – this really wasn’t the best strategy to learn something new. Each session is different, and the rider should just allow it to evolve. Of course we know that!
Somehow, I still needed to hear the, “yes, that is a much better walk.” So mature.
Valiosa, laughing too. She’s finagled her way out of bending correctly to the right for weeks…
The ranch. Where all the magic happens. Love being there! I hope you’re just as happy where ever you are, too.