Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: yankee ct where we live forever
• Horses: 0
last lesson was about me sitting back and even leaning all the way back as far as I can go.
I'm working on still hands, leg down and back, opening up so to speak.
I'm not into the equitation rod up the butt competition type riding but that's what I'm learning because it improves my overall seat and stillness of approach - I like to move with my horse so it's a juggle...proper seat vs not becoming rigid. I always feel as if my horse and I are partners - so we each have to give for the other. In my mind it's not just about a horse "giving". It's about me giving him what he needs to give me.
I'd like to start loosening reins with him, raising my hand, etc and learn proper reining which is totally different from equitation. We'll figure it out.
Also we're working on slowing him down using circles and it's helped immensely. It's even helped with a wonky left lead and I find on the straightaway I need to use that outside rein and leg him hard to remind him to stay straight and not get all pretzely.
He has a forward momentum, but he's balanced and I love that he learns from his mistakes. I try to learn from my mistakes too. I'm grateful because I get to ride the same horse - he has issues, I have issues and between the two of us, we're getting better.