|plus so attractive|
Courage and I were both just ON EDGE. The whole time. At one point, he blew a gasket randomly just to point out the problem. And it's not even that I'm riding with a lot of tension or asking for hard things or, well, anything. It's just that we've been so focused on Dressage and Goals and Important Stuff and even with our toodle-hacks around the indoor, things just weren't working for us.
I mean, I literally got off from a perfectly fine ride and wanted to have a melt down complete with tears, and I'm not a crying person.
So that's obviously productive.
|totes a hunter get up LULZ|
I hadn't sat in my jump saddle in months and I'd forgotten how much fun it can be. We didn't even go over a pole, but I just really worked on staying balanced over Courage, pushing my hands forward and not worrying about the contact, and keeping my eyes very disciplined.
It isn't a magic cure-all, but it was a great way for both of us to de-stress for a few days.
So fun! Sometimes you need to just let go of the serious stuff and ride forward. Go for a gallop, forget the dressage, and enjoy your horse!ReplyDelete
I love mixing it up! And getting outside always helps.ReplyDelete
Outside helps SO MUCH. I needed that.Delete
So fun! And good to mix it up! I think their brain needs a break some time. And so super jealous you are riding outside. It's like winter wonderland up here!ReplyDelete
Yeah this is why we live in the valley and look at the mountains, not the other way around. ;-)Delete
It's funny that you mention this. When the WB mare and I get all worked up and things start to take a turn in a different direction, I know it's time to throw on the jump tack, put a cross rail up and let her rip. We get back to trusting each other and things change immensely. Riding is fun again, being ridden is fun for her again and it's an easy-peasy, no problems, no worries workout. I'm thinking maybe we should just stick to that? But our flat work needs serious hella help....ReplyDelete
Mixing it up is great for you and the pony. I wish I had a dressage saddle (or western maybe??) so I could also mix things up!ReplyDelete
Western is fun! I'm terrible at it.Delete
That sounds like the perfect cure. Dressage is full of pressure so it's nice to change it up!ReplyDelete
Too much is the same is hard on pony brains. I'm doing the opposite switch as you ;)ReplyDelete
Schoolwork is hard. Sometimes you just need some recess :)ReplyDelete
Sometimes I get in the mode of "MUST BE PRODUCTIVE" and sometimes I think we just need a break. Like last night I trotted my horse on a loose rein. And that was it. It was nice, hahaReplyDelete
Doing the same thing over and over always gets boringReplyDelete
i'm a big believe in 'different tack = different attitudes and styles.' it helps when there's a variety of tack combos to try ;)ReplyDelete
also super jealous of your outdoor riding!