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Ever have that "duh!"-moment???

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  • Ever have that "duh!"-moment???

    Every so often I get side tracked with a particular thing and simply forget something very basic, something that I absolutely know, but I lose sight of it. Just recently I got hit over the head with a reminder about the training scale. My mare likes to rush and use that as an evasion to pay attention to her surroundings rather than to me. She's not spooky at all, but on some days, if given the opportunity to look around rather than focus on her work, she will (well, who wouldn't! ).

    So when the trainer hopped on her, she said to me "All I'm concerned about is getting the rhythm I want!" DUH!!! I've been treating the symptoms with limited success, not the cause! Next ride I made sure to count, count, count in my head and it took me a minute to find my rhythm-dictating-seat, but once I did, I had the most lovely ride. She was super soft in the contact and stayed with my seat through a series of transitions. I'm so thrilled! And yet wonder why I forgot in the first place
    "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

  • #2
    I have those moments every day. It is hard to mention just *one* thing that I'm supposed to remember - I only wish I could remember them all at once!
    My Mustang Adventures - Mac, my mustang | Annwylid D'Lite - my Cob filly

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Pocket Pony View Post
      I have those moments every day. It is hard to mention just *one* thing that I'm supposed to remember - I only wish I could remember them all at once!
      Couldn't have said it better myself!


      • #4
        There is a reason rhythm is on the bottom of the training scale
        "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


        • #5
          I was causing the problem I was trying to fix

          There was the time that I realized that my old mare was rushing because she was tense because I was trying to darn hard to make her stop rushing
          I wasn't always a Smurf
          Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
          "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
          The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


          • #6
            Constantly having "duh" moments. Fix one thing, forget another. Recently realized that my lower leg had gotten noisy. Couldn't figure it out for the life of me till asked trainer. Fixed that in ten seconds, just was reminded how different mis alignments create different off balances. Had been trying to bring my upper body just a tad forward and lost the lower leg, but hand't had lower leg issues for so long didn't think about how changing upper body in such a tiny way would upset lower leg. Duh.


            • #7
              it has been said

              I recall hearing a story about a BNR/ BNT whose first lesson was always walk your horse around the arena and tell me where the rhythm changes; I'm sure the student thought of course,

              I did not come for a lesson at walk
              breeder of Mercury!

              remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


              • #8
                Originally posted by rodawn
                Here's an extension to the Ah-ha moment......... when the rider's focus (attention to detail) lapses, so does the horse's ........................

                And yep, been there done that.
                Exactly! MY trainer says that when my mind drifts out of the arena, my mare's follows..... I AM learning to stay focused so she (my mare) will too.........
                We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                  There was the time that I realized that my old mare was rushing because she was tense because I was trying to darn hard to make her stop rushing
                  This was me today... Note to self: Pulling on the reins does not work! DUH!


                  • #10
                    Oh, ALL the time I have those moments too!!! Usually it's so simple it makes me want to just smack my head against the arena wall. And apologize to my horse(s) for my absolute stupidity. There just isn't room enough in our heads sometimes for everything at one time
                    ....horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
                    ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.