My long answer, about how continuous improvement takes outside eyes and if you want to get better you need a coach etc, makes their eyes glaze over and quickly change the subject. My short one is also true: 'Riding is hard'
While there was a lot to truly like from the show, there's a lot that drives me crazy about my riding.
|I love this photo- she uphill and soft but|
what the hell am I doing with my left hand?
(PC Amy Sangster)
My biggest thing right now is my tendency to lean forward as soon as things get tense. I know why- it's my defensive posture. But honestly, it has to go because now I think I'm sitting up when I'm actually not. Which is why we need a person on the ground because our bodies lie to us.
So when Shanea offered a lesson on Wednesday at 12:30 when there was a heat warning I said 'sure' (although faintly).
I told her that I really wanted to work on this sitting forward. Carmen obliged by being a bit of dick about the far corner. (this is also really bugging me because it's only on the right rein):
I don't know where she got the energy to be so testing. With the humidex it was 39 degrees (102 Fahrenheit). Which for Nova Scotia is blistering. (The bucket you see there was filled with water so Shanea could periodically sponge Carmen down).
I don't help this whole issue by leaning forward so the lesson was on me sitting up and using my back to not let Carmen pull me forward.
|here she is using that strong neck of her's to pull me then my|
lizard brain says 'lean forward so we don't die!'
It's not Carmen's fault I do this- it's always been a flaw of mine. But her behaviour doesn't help me get rid of it. So I need to take charge.
|so much better but I could be back even more|
Fortunately, I'm off to a clinic this weekend with Karen on balance in riding (she's a level 2 CR instructor). I'm hoping that I can get some ways to remind myself when I'm riding alone. It's a small clinic in a lovely setting. I'm staying with Paula so it will be another fun weekend with horse friends.
I'm sure that Carmen is excited. LOL, I expect that she's not a fan of my vacation.
|Carmen's favourite way to vacation|