Well my instructor/trainer fell ill around Thanksgiving and things got crazy!
I was not able to take any lessons and my young mare was not in training!! Yikes....I was really struggling because the gal I am working with was not going to be able to conitniue with my mare until the docs gave the okay. I decided to send my mare to a different trainer and she left yesterday! I was sad but it needs to be done...I made a post about that topic in the training area.
But...the good news is my instructor was given the go ahead from her docs to give lessons again.....
Yay for me. I had not ridden since before turkey day. But the things we were having issues with never left my mind.
Some things we were working on were, with my leg position, both the use of thigh muscles and letting my lower leg hang nicely and not nag! My posting~keeping my hip relaxed and also to not "colapse my shoulders" hope that makes sense, also not working so hard, but letting the horse do some of the work!
My instructor said to me.." are you sure you have not ridden since the last lesson???" I said no...not at all. She asked me what I had been doing because all the things that were such and issue for me to wrap my head around were totally gone!!!
Reallly all I have done is watch a lot of others ride and taking lesson while I have been Hand walking my own horses, and in my time to relax thinking about the things that I need to improve on...oh- I forgot that I also totally forget to breath! Lol....I was breathing today. Not holding my breath.
Today since she has a hard time walking she sat on the mounting block and we used the headset so she does not have to scream...lol. That was the first time I have used it and I totally loved it. She can give me the instructions and then I am not always turning my head to listen....lol
So our lesson was awesome. I was able to keep the horse collected at both the walk and trot and post without doing all the work and also not collapse my shoulders....Yay...
I was so excited.
It has been something like 20 years since I rode on a regular basis. At one time people paid me to ride their naughty horses, and I worked with a lot of OTTB's retraining them and selling them for hunter/jumper or dressage prospects. So to start all over has been an experience to say the least.
Anyway, it was cool to finally ride and keep a horse on contact without having to completely concentrate on my seat...lol.
Progress is great even when it comes in small doses....
I also have to say thanks to all those here because I read a lot of posts and like to see the commentary others give.
Someday I hope to find a person at the barn to video me while riding. Pics are just to darn hard to take in the indoor.