Had a lesson on my barrel mare today. And let me tell you, with all her schizo-ness at the beginning, I was expecting a completely godawful lesson.
I mean, spooking, jumping around, fighting me for control, wrong leads, cutting barrels too tight and hitting them....
Well, I was practicing driving out of the barrel with my trainer, and on the backside Bailey kept picking up the right lead...even though we were turning left... Which then, I got screwed up and it was just a chain reaction....Totally all my fault, but I felt really bad, my trainer was getting frustrated and so was I :/
So about halfway through, she finally just told me to stop, sat e down on the bleachers for a minute and gave me this huge speech about how I just need to focus, and how she thinks I'm a better rider than I show on the outside, and frankly....I think that turned me around. I've never been very confident, but she kept telling me that my potential exceeds my performance and the like, and I think that I kinda just needed the confidence booster. I'm not a failure after all, yay!
Somehow, after that, everything just flowed...Every turn was spot on, straight lines, stopping straight, backing straight, sidepassing, leads were beautiful, she stopped fighting me, we got some really nice rollbacks and absolutely gorgeous collecting/extending....Sometimes, I wonder if she listens to my trainer's pep talks to!
Just had to share...I'm feeling really good about everything right now, like maybe me and Bailey are actually getting somewhere now that we're back in regular lessons...at the end, I even got a great compliment, "You and this mare are the best match I've seen in awhile."
Aww! I know I'm not perfect, and everything that went wrong was my fault, but I'm just flying right now, and I can't WAIT until next week when we can try to do it all again!