Thankfully PL has kicked my butt into gear as i like to try to ride Nancy between her spins to help keep my ear in. Kika is the one I have to get the finger out with and ride more often. I hopped up on her today for the first time since the start of November and she was absolutely awesome. She got a little light on the forehand at the start about a random corner of the arena, however a bit of leg, less rein and some stern words and she got over herself. Our first canter tansition was awkward and on the wrong lead for the first few attempts. When I set her up better we nailed it, even when we changed direction and things got a little iffy i kept my cool, lowered my hands, sat back and put some leg on and she got right down to work. I was grinning like a looney when we finished!
|Good girl foam|
Nancy has been a little sticky for both PL and I in the arenas when on the right rein in walk. She is fine and straight in trot & canter, however gets rather squirrely in walk. PL has a better feel for things than I do and reckons it's a weakness thing. Unfortunately for Nancy her weak side & my weak side are one and the same. It's not hard to know whose issue it really is (read:mine), as it's Kika's weak side as well - hard to know what came first the chicken or the egg in that case. Whether she had the issue and twisted me, or I was twisted and twisted both her & Nancy...prob the latter!
A friend of PLs is also a riding teacher and came to watch her ride Nancy once, I'd love for her to come back as i love watching lessons and my horses learn new things. She suggested working on shoulder in to help strengthen Nancy's weaker side. PL knows how to do lateral work, as does Nancy - the only one who cannot yet do shoulder ins & leg yields is me!
|Christmas day spin|
|How to know you're an equestrian|
- this is what your hallway looks like!
Final goal is take better care of my leather goods. What is the point in having he lovely smelling Viva Carlos Higher Sandards cleaning soap & balm if i never use it. I brought my saddles and bridles home this evening to clean them up before the saddle fitter comes on Thursday. Fingers crossed the girls current saddles can be amended to better fit them, as after putting my back out last month & the doc visit, physio + Christmas has cut into the little saddle fund i had managed to scrape together. *sigh*