Now for the lesson report, here's hoping I can remember the stuff we worked on. First off K was great for our first lesson in forever. I changed my mind and rode her for our lesson today as tomorrow's is scheduled for the afternoon & I figured Nancy might be a better choice if there is traffic in the arena at that time. K found enough things to distract her today when she was alone in the arena ;-)
|Pre-work motivation & game face hah!|
Takeaways from our inaugural lesson:
- watch my hands, keep my inside hand slightly higher and lighter than my outside rein. I really am terribly reliant on my inside rein so this will be a serious work in progress. Not mention that I ride with my hands super wide apart on Kika (no idea why, another one of my nasty habits)
- refocus her attention on me faster when she gets distracted and her head pops up.
- when riding downward transitions use my seat more and my hands less. Our trot to walk transitions were awesome once I started doing this. No more head tossing skywards - funny really when you consider i was no longer hanging off her face. Sorry mare - i know I'm a shambles.
- her canter will improve as we strengthen her back again, she finds it hard to maintain her frame. I also have to push her on a bit when we initially transition up to help her get her backside to work...or pretend to, she is renowned for avoiding using her hinney when she can.
|Post-work hot mess posing|
Sorry this is a little all over the place, I had hoped that typing this out straight away on my phone would help me with the memories...Sadly a lot has again been forgotten till I get back in the tack. However there was also a lot of the usual, shoulders back, longer leg (aka heel down) & hands. S (teacher) said there was plenty good there when I said there is a lot to work on, so baby steps and maybe some day I'll ride better ☺
|Not to be left out|
Yay for a good lesson! I'm so happy you have some eyes on the ground again. It makes all the difference for me. If I don't have someone reminding me what to do I get so distracted and forget to work on anything lol. That trail riding background sneaking up on me hehe. I have a feeling when I get to start taking lessons again that I'm going to hear a lot of "Let go with the inside rein!" because I'm still steering Chrome like a baby horse with an opening inside rein lol. :)ReplyDelete
*blush* I totally still do that too .... me so bad!Delete
sounds fun! i hate it when i forget half the lesson so quickly... it all comes back eventually tho. i'll be curious to hear if today's lesson helps you get even more out of tomorrows, just from carrying over new thoughts! good luck :)ReplyDelete
Stay tuned, Nancy lesson has been scheduled for tomorrow afternoon...Fingers crossed!Delete
My head is like a sieve, I really need an reboot/upgrade. The memory/hard drive is woefully underpowered in my brain!
I'm super behind on reading blogs, but I'm so glad I caught this one! Sounds like you got a ton out of your lesson, hopefully Kika stays on task while you work on it!ReplyDelete
Hope you get those hairy creatures clipped soon! I did clipping yesterday, and it was soooo needed!
Aw I'm honoured that you are catching up on my blabbering nonsensical posts. Kika got clipped today & Nancy will hopefully be done tomorrow evening. Hope to do a post with photos then ☺Delete
It sounds like you had a great lesson! I'm just getting caught up on blogs, so I had to read about lesson #1 before lesson #2 :) Just remember that while you're aiming to ride better, it doesn't mean that you're not already riding well now. I'm sure that the trainer was spot on when she told you that there is a lot of good there too :)ReplyDelete
Aw shucks, you're too kind to me. I think i deff rode Kika better than Nancy, we shall wait and see where the next lessons take us tomorrow.Delete
You're a machine with all of these lessons! Way to go! :-DReplyDelete
Trying to maximise my time off, is it weird that this has been one of my top breaks from work lolzDelete