|Guiness says that if you get in the water the bugs can't get you.|
|I could sit on my deck all day and look at this view|
My rides on Miss Carmen have also been pretty glorious. At least to me. To others they are likely not anything special. It's like things have clicked and she's decided that it's okay to be a riding horse.
Not that we don't have moments. We do. And when she does spook there's a part of me that is waiting for everything to spiral out of control. But other then the glitch last week where I came off, that has not happened. Carmen spooks, we regroup and carry on like nothing happened.
You know, like normal horse and riders. So the voice inside that tells me that this will not last is getting smaller.
It feels wonderful to be worried about whether she's coming enough from behind, rather then whether she will leave me behind.
I had a lesson thursday. It had been a long day and I felt like I was riding like a sack of potatoes. But it was a great lesson. We were working on steadiness and rhythm. We practiced a lot of changes across the diagonal but not lengthening. The idea was to keep her steady so that she didn't speed up. Once she has that we can ask for a lengthen from the self-carriage.
We finished with some canter work that was pretty darn good for us.
Today Johanna sent me a message that warmed my heart: " you have both been making huge strides- because of your changes. Carmen is a different horse. You made enormous decisions to change and I respect that. It was a great pleasure to see you on Carmen" .
Honestly, she is not a person who gushes or throws out compliments willy-nilly so that felt huge.
Today I rode late morning. I've started to have Guinness out when I ride and teaching him to stay out of the ring. Today I let him out when it was just Carmen and I. Before then I've been doing it when Julia is riding Irish too so that there are two of us telling him what to do.
|He looks like he's calling the meeting to order|
It was a good ride and a beautiful day. Who could be cranky on such a day? Not me that's for sure.
Guinness has grown to be a really beautiful dog!! How old is he now? Is he two? Glad things are going well for you with your horse too!ReplyDelete
Yes, he’s 2 and he’s a great farm dog.Delete
Guinness is gorgeous and very smart. Glad you had fun with Carmen.ReplyDelete
It’s nice to be having fun againDelete
You really prove that taking it slow and maybe a few steps back really leads to fast growth forward in the endReplyDelete
Thank you! I was thinking the other day about how many times I go back to the beginning. I hope that’s done with!Delete
aw so many things to be happy about here <3ReplyDelete
Thanks! The trick is to keep moving ahead.Delete
I love reading posts about all the things coming together. So happy for you!ReplyDelete
Also, what a good doggo waiting for his bone like a good boy!
He is a good dog! I sometimes forget that he's still quite young.Delete
Love reading these positive posts! You seem more relaxed about Carmen and your riding goals lately, and your trainer sounds very wise.ReplyDelete
I am trying to be! It still takes some conscious effort when my 'driving side' tries to get in the game.Delete
Sounds like your Guinness is very smart. And Carmen has come a long way. It’s natural to feel like the other shoe may drop when it comes to horses, but you’re so devoted and good about regular riding, I think you’ll only get better.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Logically I know you are correct. And I also know that if things start to spiral I need to look for a physical cause.Delete
Perfectly mowed pasture and perfectly dragged arena. It's like gazing out at a freaking zen garden looking at your photos! And, as always, I'm so happy to read that you feel good with where you and Carmen are for these rides. <3ReplyDelete
That how I feel when I look at my property. :DDelete
I love your can-do mindset!ReplyDelete