Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
*sigh* where to start?!?!?!?
My TB has become dead to his riders legs over years of being ridden, and being passed from owner to owner. Heck, his previous owner left huge wear marks on his sides because he is dead to the leg...I guess due to loud legs, he's learnt to dumb them out.
Anyways, I've now accumulated a loud inside leg because of this and I really have to work on quieting it down. A dressage friend from Germany told me "When trying to carry on a discussion with someone of a foreign language, no matter how loud you get, they still wont understand you"
I have to keep telling myself this as I ride. I also remember Jim Wofford saying that if horses can feel a fly land on their necks, then they can definitely feel the smallest of movements we make while in the saddle.
So I have to continue to tell myself to quiet myself down. My coach says "baby moves"
I also have too loud of hands. So again, I really need to learn to quiet them down.
I also have to start working on carrying a crop with Nelson, because he is older and out of shape *we both are* and I can't get him infront of my legs. My Coach says I shouldn't have to push him with my legs every step of the way and that I am doing more work than he - *again, being too loud* so I need to work on giving him a slight tap just behind my leg to get him to move forward...and stop over using my legs.
He said "When you bake a cake and it fails, why bake a cake another cake using the same recepie?" what I am doing is not working, find another way.
When I get it right, it is a lovely outcome. My lessons last night was wonderful when I figured out how to stop doing more work than he. And when I got him to lift his back and drop his hind end, he became much more bouncier and lighter, it was nice!
Keeping that, is the key. My Coach says when you get it right, remember what it was that you did to get that result.
So my issue is - loud aids. Over Using Aids.
Aside from that, we need allot of conditioning work - for the both of us.