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  • I have so much to learn!

    I'll never *get it* in just one lifetime! This was one of those days when it hits home...AGAIN...just how critical it is to ride right. I have so much respect and gratitude for this horse. He is so patient, so willing. He could have totally hurt me by now if he wanted to.

    Today, I had my regular horse...calm, willing to go at the *correct* speeds, etc. HOWEVER, I have taught him that he can wander wherever he wants. Of course when we are on the rail, he stays on the path. *taught him* in the sense of letting him, for the most part.

    In my new, assertive riding...no more passengering...I am taking him off the rail to do straight lines across the school. I have him stop on the rail, turn. I pick out a fence post to ride to and then ask for a walk or jog. OMG....what a wiggley line in the snow!

    When I REALLY sucked in my abs, put the strength into my back and sitting up straight AND SQUARE...aha...we had straight. His wiggliness is telling on me and my left twist.

    Hoping to ride tomorrow just a bit at the walk and WORK ON ME!!!

    Vet appointment for Thurs a.m. We are finishing the first month saturating with Adequan. Ready to proceed to the next step down before going to maintenance. And then a lot of lousy weather...too crummy for outside riding.
    Last edited by ezduzit; Jan. 9, 2013, 07:21 PM.
    Ride like you mean it.

  • #2
    I know what you mean. This autumn, I was beginning to think my horse had become incapable of following his own head. He was wobbling all over the place. Then I suddenly realised, I had trained him to be reactive to my seat bones and then began to ride like a jelly person.... he was just trying to figure out where I wanted to go!
    Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


    • Original Poster

      Yep, Alex. Just like that! I think my left twist weights my left seat and puts my right knee into him which turns him to the right...duh. I try really hard to steer him back on course and as soon as he's "straight" I release my hand but my butt is still steering to the right. Poor guy!

      He probably wishes he could go home. His other mother was a cute, skinny equitation rider. She raised him from a baby and did all the training...properly...herself! I've had him almost 5 years.
      Ride like you mean it.


      • #4
        Sounds like your horse is doing well though! I would congratulate you, because your horse is obviously paying attention and so are you. That can be quite an accomplishment within itself. Keep up the good work!


        • #5
          Originally posted by ezduzit View Post
          Yep, Alex. Just like that! I think my left twist weights my left seat and puts my right knee into him which turns him to the right...duh. I try really hard to steer him back on course and as soon as he's "straight" I release my hand but my butt is still steering to the right. Poor guy!

          He probably wishes he could go home. His other mother was a cute, skinny equitation rider. She raised him from a baby and did all the training...properly...herself! I've had him almost 5 years.
          Every horse is a reflection of the rider. How do you know she didn't dig her right seat bone in and he wouldn't go as well left or he had a sticky stop or something? LOL. Keep at it, you are doing fine.

          My little mare wobbled all over when I first got her, I was just doing too much instead of too little. She is a think only and she will do it kind of girl. We are always a work in progress. I took a little ranch horse that could pull a bull around to making her lope circles, do obstacles and even dressage. She can do it all, I just have to keep up.


          • Original Poster

            I saw her ride and she was exquisite in the saddle. She made it look so easy that I thought even I could do it! Ha!!

            Harry might be a think only horse too. I call it anticipation but as soon as I think something, he begins it. We're getting a bonus nice day tomorrow. Maybe I can ride again after the vet visit. Unless he does an adjustment.

            Having his withers adjusted, I think, has been the most benefit to all his gaits and transitions. More so than having his hocks injected.
            Ride like you mean it.


            • #7
              The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know yet.
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