Before I go any further with my recap i wish to apologise in advance for the haphazardous & random shape this rambling post will invariably take as i try to remember what was said to me during the lesson. *blush*
First I rode Kika; I really wished focused on our walk / trot transitions and bending. However in true Kika fashion she was having none of it and every whistle of wind or noise from the stables attached to the arena we were in was a great excuse in her book for nonsense. We had good mixed with bad, every time I felt her relax and go with the flow of the movements she'd find something else to distract her pea-brain with. While rather frustrating in the moment the fact neither one of us allowed the other goad us into full meltdown was a testament to how far we've come this winter. To be honest the work that was good was really rather good, even if it was few and far between those are the glimmers of progression and hope that keep me plugging away when I can.
|She is such a cutie! I love that her dapples are coming through|
Nancy & my lesson was rather later than I had thought it was going to be. It was pushed back from 11h30 to 14h & the trainer was running a little late and we actually started closer to 14h30. As i mentioned above Nancy was wiggly & windy for her. She is usually my steady eddie and was still a lot less squiggly than Kika is but she was still far from her usual relaxed demeanour. The trainer S had me help her focus by circling her on small volts (10m circles) & semi-volts (using half a 10m circle to change rein/bend).
|Somebody got a haircut|
|Someone wasn't overly enthused about our mirror selfie post spin|
Canter work was interesting at first, S actually had me let her canter and blow off some steam before we tried to work the canter as she was still full of beans with the wind & missing turnout. I had mentioned our recent issues with canter departs leading to bucking, flailing & dolphining. She didn't display these antics in our departs today and her canter was commended as being nicely balanced and improved since our last lesson.
|"Oh selfies you say...we'll in that case I can pose" - Nancy|
When we changed rein we had to do a few walk/trot transitions and some changes of rein to stop her pre-empting the canter transition. When we got her brain back she again gave us some lovely canter work with S reminding me to sit up straighter and not let N use her muscly neck against me.
|"My turn tomorrow" - Kika|
Sounds like a good lesson! I constantly have to remind myself to ride my corners, one day I'll be good at it! :DReplyDelete
Fingers crossed we get there some time too ☺Delete
I think my last comment got eaten! Just wanted to say it sounds like all your hard work is paying off and you're doing a fabulous job with your two. I love the detailed recaps, so much useful information I can use for myself and my girls as well :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you find them helpful, when writing them I am never sure if I am making sense *blush*Delete
While I'm blushing thanks for your very kind words on my girls, I am not an amazing rider by any stretch of the imagination but i try my best with the limited skills I have. To keep two of them happy & healthy warms the cockles of my frozen heart
Spring sillies! I swear, they are everywhere. I love when those sassy mares look in the mirror too. What beautiful girls!ReplyDelete
Total Divas the pair of them - but i loffs them all the same.Delete
I've a feeling Kika is going to redefine sass in our lesson today as there are weather warnings in place of up to 100km/h winds and people are being advised to stay inside where possible. Not sure if i should cancel :-(
I've so little opportunity to lesson i really don't want to! Plus having a trainer help me.work through any sillies will just add tools to my kit in dealing with Miss Fiesty
What a silly pony!ReplyDelete
With a super silly owner - can't blame the pony ;-pDelete
sounds like lots of good things to work on - and like you're making progress from lesson to lesson! glad the girls are going so well (even if they're full of beans haha)ReplyDelete
Full of shenanigans indeed, but otherwise it'd be boring right?Delete
Yay for lessons!! It's actually a good thing when they are full of beans for lessons because you learn more right?? See! She was being helpful haha!ReplyDelete
That is the way I like to look at things too ☺Delete
If they don't pull out the tricks in lessons how can we describe them to the trainers properly to get the right tools to deal with them if the represent another time