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Another light bulb moment.

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  • Another light bulb moment.

    When I was riding last time, I had a moment when I realized I was throwing my lope cue away leaving my horse to wonder: lope? more trot? oh, she's still poking me...must mean lope.

    Of course those few trot steps before the lope are part of what keeps me from placing higher.

    What I WAS doing is cueing...we'll say with my right foot/spur...and bracing out straight with my left foot. I can understand why: I had polio as a young child and have very little strength in my legs. I need to brace in order to have enough pressure on his sides. Or so I thought!

    Today, I closed my left leg on him, cued with my right and he stepped right into the lope. It was hard at first but after a few times I was able to transfer some strength from my closed left leg to my right spur.

    I'm happy. It seems that he is too.

    How much easier it is for him when he knows clearly what I want. Poor guy...he's been so patient with me. I love him to the moon and back!
    Ride like you mean it.

  • #2
    These posts need a like button.

    I always feel the need to apologize to my guy when I finally get a clue and do things correctly for him. He heaves a huge sigh as if to say "took you long enough!"

    Glad you got your lope working easier for the both of you!


    • Original Poster


      I know exactly what you mean. I always bear in mind that HE knows 'how to ride'...I'm the one who's screwing it up!

      On other hand, his arthritis in his hocks got so bad without me noticing because I kept thinking it was me that was wrong. It never occured to me that he was having a hard time because HE was having a hard time.

      Getting his hocks taken care of was a light bulb moment too!
      Ride like you mean it.


      • #4
        I love those big sighs they give when we finally figure it out!
        Never argue with a fool. Noone can tell who is who.


        • Original Poster

          yes! I'm getting a lot of those, rattling his lips and audible across the ring. He validates me!

          Originally posted by potteryshop View Post
          I love those big sighs they give when we finally figure it out!
          Ride like you mean it.


          • #6
            Count me in! I'm a chronic leaner. My son's mare takes rushy trot steps into the lope, and when I started thinking about sitting back, and opening and lifting my inside hip bone while cuing with my outside leg, she picked up the lope like a butterfly lifting into the air. I'm sure my body position has LOTS to do with her lope departure, good and bad.
            Man plans. God laughs.


            • Original Poster

              Absolutely, Flash. I thought I was sitting up until I went for a lesson and the instructor said sit up....more....more....more (REALLY/) ...more....THERE! I could have sworn I was leaning way backwards. BUT, the lesson learned was how it feels when I sit up. Finally I had something I could recognize!
              Ride like you mean it.