I wanted to KISS - Keep It Simple Stoopid ... yeah I get it spelled differently cos I'm speshul
|Yikes I look preggers in this pic O.o|
We still had our sticky moments on circles although because i wasn't beating myself up about things not being perfect i probably wasn't tensing and bracing against her so all things considered they were much better than when I nit pick and generally harass her - who'd have thunk it?! *eyeroll*
We got some lovely canter work, even if i do say so myself. I tried to concentrate more on walk/trot trot/walk transitions as our downward transitions can be sticky and are typically where N gets quite strung out & heavy in my hands as we are not in tune enough nor sensitive enough yet to halt off my seat and she quite rightly takes offence to my hauling off her face to slow down and/or stop. I don't do that every time, not by a long shot, but she is a lot of horse and sometimes she needs a not so gentle reminder that when I ask for her to slow down and/products stop i mean now and not in 5 strides time.
She responds better to vocal cues than I give her credit for, I really need to get better at using vocal aids and not deaden my poor horses due to my abysmal riding ability.
|The face of a Martyr = Saint Nancy|
Things I need to remember next time I'm in her tack:
- support her better with my legs on turns/circles/changes of rein;
- keep my hands steadier on the reins, keep them level. Watch my inside hand, keep it up and in line with the outside one;
- maintain contact, don't favour my inside rein over the outside one!
- use my inside leg to bend her from the ribs into my outside hand ... this will be a long work in progress as for some reason I still have it completely arseways in my head.
Oddly i feel I can work better on these things with N than K, as Kika is almost too sensitive. Any slight hand movement or shift in weight on my part that is unanticipated by her and she hollows, scoots or her head pops up etc - she often tries to pre-emptively guess what is coming which can also lead to strops when I don't do as she anticipated from me, makes me giggle more often than not.
Although Nancy is longer striding and covers the ground better than K whose defense is to hollow and get choppy, I feel I have the luxury of time while riding Nancy to make slight corrections and adjustments which I don't always feel I have on K. That seems weird written down and is not something I have actively thought about before. I shall have to pay more attention when I ride again on Thursday and through the weekend to see what i can do to change & improve on this possibly mental block of mine.