I have a problem.
It's called my right hand.
See, it has this weird reflex where it just likes to grab and clamp down no matter what I'm doing. I guess that would be less of a thing if I rode some giant lumbering horse that just blew through my hands, but I ride this tiny and sensitive thoroughbred who loves to WAY overreact to the right rein.
You think I'm joking?
|more right hand|
I mean, in this one, my hand is even forward doing a crest release on his bloody neck and it's STILL NOT ENOUGH.
For reference, I came up through the junior ranks on a dirty stopper, then greenies, and then did eventing, so a defensive position with minimal release is my shiz. I've never been the prop and pose and throw away the reins type, because on a dirty stopper, that will get you dumped every single time.
|I could post this picture all day. All. Damn. Day.|
So to me, the world's most defensive rider, this picture actually looks like I'm a little more forward than I ought to be, but obviously, to Courage, this feels 100% right.
That's all well and good, but we haven't jumped since October (srsly dying here). I always thought that my right rein issues over fences were sort of a reflex due to me being a little tense and didn't anticipate having problems on the flat.
Silly, silly me.
Did you know that if your horse falls left while leaning on the right rein, pulling on the right rein only exacerbates the problem? Yeah, well, now I know that too, ok?
Courage has been going brilliantly to the left (srsly we win at right rein contact), but it's all been falling apart to the right.
|see I give the left rein just fine|
Guess who went right like a total champ?
Sooooo. Yeah. We're not jumping until Courage gets his shoes back on, but I'm really excited to see how all this dressage cross applies over fences, both in his way of going and my understanding of the aids.