Longtime readers might remember my ongoing problem with my demon right hand. I thought it sort of went away because yay! Not jumping!
But I was wrong.
|who's not surprised?|
Before I could say "wtf is his problem horse is obvi broken", my trainer was like "uh yeah let's do that again but like WITHOUT the death grip on the right rein".
I would have argued with her about that assertion, because I sure didn't feel any death grip going on, but given that it's been an issue for me before, eh... yeah. She was probably on to something. So we changed directions roughly a million times and I learned something very important:
I actually can't turn right.
Oh, and my body awareness sucks. Still.
|but we look ok left, so yay!|
It sort of works, but it takes forEVER.
The lesson migrated from outside to inside, which means smaller space and less incentive to turn--I mean, the walls of the arena basically turn my horse for me. That's way easier than taking 5 minutes to make a right hand turn because I have to brain through the whole thing. Right? What could possibly go wrong?
Let me tell you what could go wrong. (boring video here. more if you click around)
|Mighty C-rage buck|
And I was like "obvi horse broken and unrideable obvi".
So because I am the world's best friend, I made Lindsey come out and ride C and didn't tell her he was broken and totally unrideable. I did tell her not to pull with her right rein, because I'm not some sort of maniac.
Funny story: he cantered right like a totally normal horse (which I of course didn't take video of, but here's unrelated video from the same day).
|look at the pretty picture!|
So uh. I thought the reason we weren't quiiiite ready for first level was my horse's clearly insufficient training (done by me), but actually it's looking more like the weird demon right hand problem again. Any tips for an exorcism?