The last thing that Carmen and I need is more pep.
In the past week I've had a fantastic ride, a ride that was okay but I was able to salvage it and then a truly awful ride. She was not in any mood to be in the ring: she was tight, reactive, argumentative and spooky. I finally had to dismount and lunge her again. It made no difference so I settled on getting to work in hand and listening.
I felt pretty bummed after it.
However, I gave myself a talking to.
self I said, it was one ride. Things have been going in the right direction.
When I reflected on it, I realized that she never tried to dump me or fight me. She just was really really worried and tense. Neither one of us were enjoying the work.
I then reviewed in my head the things that I might have done to make it worse and what I should do instead.
I also made some adjustments in her feed ration. (Princess is not impressed by that).
|don't think I haven't noticed what you did to my feed|
Today I approached my right with calm determination. It was not great. But it was fine. I made sure that I did not react to any tightness but stayed on task. She had no choice but to focus on me because I refused to focus on whatever was distracting her. I gave her space when I could and was firm where I should be. It was breezy and it was supper time. Irish was locked in the barn. It had all the conditions that could make it a terrible ride.
But it wasn't terrible. It wasn't great either. But it felt like I made some progress. Those moments when she's using her hind end and relaxed over her back are what I live for. It just feels so damn good.
Tonight I started catching up on blogs tonight and I noticed a theme.
It was my theme- many riders were experiencing the exact same thing as me.
The reality is that progress is seldom a straight line. Add in thinking, breathing, feeling creatures with opinions and things can really get interesting.
I instantly felt better. I am Adult Amateur rider and so very far from perfect but maybe, just maybe, I don't totally suck.