I realized that I am behind in my lesson posts. I'm sure you are all fine with that but I like to recap them for my own learning. If you recall I asked Shanea to push me out of my comfort zone and she has taken that to heart.
Lesson 1: Straight and Supple
This happened before we went away to PEI. Carmen was feeling really on and not spooky even from when we started. It was a great because we could dive into the nitty gritty without all the working through her emotions first.
Shanea started by asking me to shorten and lengthen her walk- using my seat and my energy. I could use my hands to take a bit but had to give it back. I heard a lot of the phrase- have her on your elbows not your hands. It was so cool to feel how I could do this simply by how much I 'allowed' with my seat. Also cool was that, as we worked, this exercise really helped Carmen to soften and relax her back. She really began to swing.
|I love how she's reaching here|
|uphill anyone? |
My rides after that lesson were quite, um, spicy. I stayed on task and just worked through it. I've been working on my mindset of viewing Carmen's extra energy as a positive thing that needs direction. I decided that this weekend I really wanted to do two lessons in a row. I thought it would help me build on what we did.
However, to make that work I needed to bring Carmen to a nearby arena on Friday. Krista (same person who did the clinic with me) was really welcoming about Carmen and I coming. My lesson was the first one so I could lunge before. Friday was cool, cloudy and breezy- perfect spooking weather. To be honest I considered faking being sick to get out of going. But I didn't and trailered there. Krista has a 'guest' paddock and Carmen was quite happy in there- as long as I stayed near anyway.
|Horse Heaven: grass paddock surrounded by apple trees|
|Carmen trusting me despite evidence to the contrary|
|looking light and fluffy here|
- make sure that she didn't bulge her shoulder during the turn
- that she waited for me to start the leg yield
- and keep her shoulder off the wall
|not too bad for a start|