It was still windy on Friday and my ring was frozen but the sun was shining so I was optimistic that it would be okay at 1:00. I was able to drag the ring at 11:00. By the time my lesson started the wind was starting to abate a bit.
Carmen was more relaxed then our last ride. We started with walking and getting her to stretch over her topline and march. It was a bit of a yo-yo to start. Shanea has watched the Cindy clinic and was able to coach me through the bending and keeping her going. Shanea is big on using the nervous energy in a positive way.
I totally understand the principle of that- it makes sense: don't try to hold the horse but channel the energy. Execution though when you are riding 1100 pounds of tense energy is a different thing. (NB-all photos taken by Julia who came to watch the lesson).
|tense, braced but ears are listening. I am not as|
slumped as I look- I have so many puffy layers on.
It really helped.
We played with lots of circles and changing of direction. Shanea commented that the timing of my aids for changing the bend has improved. Which made me think about it more which then screwed it up for a bit.
Sigh. Riding is hard.
Or perhaps, riding is easy but my overthinking makes it hard.
Still though- sigh.
|I like the outline and reach. Her head is tilted because she REALLY|
wants to look out of the ring. I clearly need to address this, still, baby steps
|oh my god- are we actually straight across the diagonal?|
|I quite like this moment- forward, soft and listening.|
I could feel things starting to click in my body and with Carmen and I. I could feel her compressing and lengthening her stride. A few times it was so light and free I had to smile. I could also feel her uncertainty at this level of lightness. But this time, instead of spooking I could feel her attention shifting to me for guidance.
After we practised our free walk and for us it was really really good. I feel like we moved ahead in so many things.
|we can actually reach forward and down. (this was earlier in the lesson)|
After I talked to Shanea and caught up on some things. Ed and I are going away for a couple weeks vacation and I arranged for Shanea to come and give a training ride or two. I think it will be great for Carmen to keep her going and I can feel less guilty for abandoning her.