Happy Sunday – a lesson with Valiosa to resensitize her to the leg.
A true leg aid, with the calf in its proper place, not reaching back and nudging with the heel somewhere almost behind the saddle.
In the end, I know this will help get the seatbones firmer in to the saddle too, when the leg isn’t driving forward and squeezing the seat up and out. You’ve seen plenty of that!
I had spiraled into the habit of working way too hard for a reaction from Valiosa. Easy to do, easy to recognize, yes, but I didn’t have the tools to get out of it.
I’ll be working on this, probably only on this, forget bending and lateral aids this week until confirmed.
So during today’s ride on our own, the leg aid has to be really specific, and short. Just a clear, concise, and very timely light nudge with inside of calf. On, and then OFF. I can’t take it off quick enough.
And never, ever, asking repeatedly. Are you sure you’re not nagging? Ever? Harder than we think, isn’t it?
New mantra for riding her – “Legs are off, legs are off, legs are off.”
She has to keep up the gait, walk, trot, canter, on her own, and learn to balance in transitions on her own – if I’m there to rescue or help her all the time we will never get anywhere. That’s another pretty big challenge.
With some new tools, sometimes it doesn’t take many rides until it becomes all sort of muddled again. This has to stick! I won’t find out if it truly has until more than 2 months. Fingers crossed!
Go Grey Mare!