Like I mentioned in my last post I had a lesson booked for Friday. When Shanea arrived I confessed to my recent funk and that I hadn't been riding but that I had been doing other things. She shared that she had heard that confession from many of her students this week so maybe it's not just me. Anyway, I told her that i realized I needed some pushing to get out of my comfort zone and I asked her to do that. It was (of course) a much longer conversation than that but to make it short, she rubbed her hands together gleefully and said 'All righty then'.
And push me she did. Carmen was feeling quite hot and wanting to lean on the bridle. It's a hard thing to fix because too much rein and she bolts, too much hold and she leans and carts me around. However, I do have some tools from my Better Balance Clinic (and past lessons based on Centered riding). I realize that I need faith in myself that I can ride out the shit and not freeze.
|How Shanea see our lessons (probably)|
Shanea's goal was to keep her hind leg under and not have her all strung out - that's when she gets away (which is also what Carmen told me). So, to a certain extent, there as a bit of hold the rein and boot her hind leg back under. Not as bad as you might think- just making it clear that her legs needed to be under me, not waving around out behind.
|Pictured her: Carmen leaning on the bit and |
shoving her legs out behind
It's no surprise the Carmen is a hot horse. Her sire was known for being hot and her full sister is also quite similar (we met via FB last year I think). Sometimes her hotness becomes a bit too much for me - and I think for her as well. But she is who she is. I need to ride it and figure out what she needs. Shanea likes a lot of going straight and forward into contact. I like to do circles when we lose it but then I can see her point that I'm avoiding the going straight. So we compromise. Which means I try to go straight and she ignores the occasional circle I throw in.
That said, most of this lesson was on the circle to help her bend and push with her inside leg. I could definitely feel when her hind legs were under me.
|Better with her body. I let the reins get long and then my hands were|
all like 'omg, we're going to die let me crawl under your chin'.
|so much better here- and the rein is loose because I'm trying to get her|
to stretch that Andalusian neck out and unlock herself.
|Saturday morning was beautiful |
|Joanne with her grandson and Irish. |
Irish is the sweetest horse on the planet, I swear.