|look who's sitting up and not grabbing with her hands?!|
Well, she does, but just not in a way that I would consider 'productive'. Instead, it translates into extra spookiness and #feelings. It's been good for me to practice staying on top of things and riding proactively.
Yesterday that led to long session then I had planned but that is okay. I was hopeful that today she would be a bit quieter. And she was, at least in the pre-ride lunge and groundwork. And she was when I was riding.
The key I'm finding is to not let her get strung out or balled up. It can feel like riding a tight rope.
Actual quote from my lesson:
Shanea: and now canter
Me: you know you're not in the will right?
But when she's underneath of me and feeling forward it feels really good.
It also feels like it comes and goes a lot. And Carmen had some feelings about some areas of the ring (different then the last time we rode. le sigh). So we would be flowing and then it was like someone choked the hose.
It's useful to me to feel that and help her deal with it rather then be a passive passenger and hope that she doesn't dump me or run away. I can feel that she has some thoughts about me insisting she stay with me. But once we work through it, she falls into place.
I also need to take ownership of my own emotions. Not about getting frustrated, but my self-confidence. I have this habit that when things are good of stopping because I want to finish before it goes bad again. I've been trying to not do that.
Instead I work her to a good place and then work on some specific things.
I hope that this doesn't sound like we're stalled- because we're not. It's more about filling in a few holes and working on her submission.
I was happy with our lesson and how I rode. Not that I was perfect, because I wasn't. But we are work in progress.
And to finish here's a really cute video. I didn't even realize that Guinness was doing this until I looked at the clips from my lesson. He seems to have assigned himself as our companion (also look at his extended trot). Notice that Carmen doesn't care at all. He can pop in and out of anywhere around the ring and she is fine with it.