Backwards in Progress?
Have you ever felt like you were doing so well up until one day where all of a sudden it's like you've never been on a horse in your life? Or maybe not that extreme?
Today I felt it.
My friend came to visit this weekend and she was watching me w/t and canter. I was all over the place! My horse was being a goof hotrod and trying to run himself into jumping stands (I have no idea!) I had to try pushing the inside leg to get him away from them. Then when I followed at the canter with my arms, he started nearly galloping! It was wild!!
He was ignoring my cues and hollowing a lot today. Just not like him at all!
Then we went on a friend-led bareback trail ride. He was in a halter and led on a lead rope. My friend went first and then I hopped on via a fence (first time doing that and he stood still!) but I could feel my tension. By the end of it, we were both so relaxed. We only walked, but we went up hills, through little marshy areas, down roads, through gates, past deer and goats and horses. He was so happy.
But what a difference from day to day. It's like I was a child today, riding the rambunctious obnoxious pony known for bucking.
Have you ever experienced back tracking like that?
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"