Ugh. I look like a shrimp!
I'm in need of some suggestions.
Willow has recently hit a wee bit of a snag, training wise. I'm finally at a point where I have an indoor arena, nobody has a butt wart or is pregnant, I feel comfortable riding outside of a lesson, and my husband is capable of putting our daughter to sleep at night.
We've been working on upwards transistions and to Willow, trotting is overrated. I asked multiple times and after a half lap of insisting she would stop, buck, then walk forward again. She was simply expressing her annoyance with having to *gasp* WORK.
My problem is this. I seem to curl up in a very shrimp-like position when I'm trying to squeeze her forward. It's not really helping either of us, and then when she does actually shuffle her feet a bit faster, I get top heavy, it pitches both of us off balance and she downshifts. Fail.
Any advice to help a girl not shrimpify because she's pushing so hard to get a rather large mare to go forward? Any tips for helping said mare move off my leg? I don't carry a whip (we are doing on the ground work with one tonight... she's a bit too expressive about them still) or wear spurs.