Specifically, the past few weeks have been a little too stop/go/stop/back/stop/gallop sideways/stop to get any sort of rhythm going.
|um hello almost a dressage position|
And then Courage was like "eff this shiz fo REALZ" and decided to peace out.
|can't complain about this|
Or so it seemed.
|Alyssa wins at dressage pictures|
|it's what all the cool kids do|
While being supervised by a cat.
And Courage was like "oh totes have to stay on the circle and calm the eff down now".
Just fine. With or without tack on.
With zero anxiety.
So try not to think too hard about how that means this is a rider problem.
And we'll be back at it eventually. But not today because vaccinations were yesterday (after the lesson) and rhythm is for pansies.
I mean really. Why address your problems head on when you can gallop sideways at them?
Ugh that's so frustrating. Hopefully your tack changes and such will address the problem and he'll go back to his usual self!ReplyDelete
Fiction does the same thing - is going fine and then flips out randomly for no reason. Sometimes it is rider error (I fiddle too much with his mouth), but sometimes the work just gets too hard and he balks/throws a fit. It could be a bit of a strength issue, especially at the canter, and Courage is flailing in an attempt to get out of work because it is hard :(.ReplyDelete
Anyways, I hope it gets sorted out!
Cat supervision is always needed for flailing carousel horses.ReplyDelete
I laughed out loud at this part!Delete
My trainer has a huge TB that does this! He's his own worst enemy, will pick a fight and if he's successful at baiting you, it's on! He recently got demoted to a standing martingale (and a Micklem) too! Let's see what happens.ReplyDelete
Btw, WELL SAT! You've got some serious stickability there sister!
Omg the cat. I need a cat supervisor.ReplyDelete
Ugh. You'll get through it. You always do! I bet Courage is just getting this all out of the way (for the whole year) so you can have an amazing positive summer together.ReplyDelete
Girl, you are WAY STICKIER than I. Impressive :-)ReplyDelete
SO impressed with your stickability as well! Oh Courage... you are not supposed to be the best at everything. Like tantrums. Don't be the best at those.ReplyDelete
Maybe Mr. Cat should help supervise a few rides and set Courage straight! :) I hope things get resolved for you quickly, misbehaving horses can quickly become frustrating (at least for me!).ReplyDelete
let's just get this stuff its own line on dressage tests- like can we get a collective mark for "spontaneous NOPE discussions" or something? it's a skill...ReplyDelete
I, too, admire your stickability and your calm manner at handling his tantrums! It will pass. But in the meantime, I second the martingale idea lol!ReplyDelete
Please consider the ulcer question.ReplyDelete
You look like you stayed calm and collected. Indy has had some of these moments at the canter and I know how unpleasant they can be. Hang in there and keep your sense of humor about it :)ReplyDelete
Haha at least you take it all in good humor. Baby tbreds sure can be difficult when they start figuring out how to use all that athleticism.... I'm pretty sure dressage just teaches tbreds how to be little devils :DReplyDelete
We call my friends cat "coach" because he's always watching us lol. Hope the changes help get the sillies out for you.ReplyDelete
You guys will find a way to work thru this.It'shat you do. Way to stick with him and ride it out. Sometimes that's all you can do.ReplyDelete
At least you have some um, badass? pictures to show for it? Agree with everyone else about your stickability!ReplyDelete
Yowza, good for you for staying on and keeping your sense of humour. Very inspiring to this wimpy rider! And now I have that song "Courage" by the Tragically Hip in my head….ReplyDelete
Oh boy! Great job sticking through it.ReplyDelete
Ahaha I love it when this kind of excitement is captured in pictures. And I agree- you're sticky!ReplyDelete
Cat supervisor ftw.ReplyDelete
I'm sure the cat was super helpful. And despite the crappy time you had, the cover photo is super beautiful :)ReplyDelete
This is why it pays to have attractive horses.Delete
Kika did this to me today, such silly billies and horses really are their own worst enemiesReplyDelete
running sideways at problems is the best haha - and if anybody can do it, you two can! good luck :)ReplyDelete
"while supervised by a cat" lolReplyDelete
I know I'm not supposed to laugh at those pictures, but all I can imagine is Courage saying "I want to be freeeee!"ReplyDelete
Um, I'm totally laughing at these. Glad you're joining. ;-)Delete