So I've got myself a little horse to train, a Welsh Section D mare who's green as grass, and who's owner wants some dressage schooling put on her. It seemed like something to do in my current state of woeful unemployment. The mare has a nice nature but she's already got some bad habits, as her owner is green as grass as well. She doesn't understand lateral leg pressure and when she doesn't want to do something, she turns her nose to the outside of the arena, braces against you, and throws her shoulder and ribcage to the inside. I'm going to have to teach her to move laterally and listen to the inside leg, but in the meantime, I gave her an opening rein whenever she did this, and would only release it when she followed the rein around in a tight circle. It seemed to work, as it's easier to go in a straight line than turn in small circles. This will be a bit of a challenge, as all the youngsters I have worked with were ones I started from scratch, which I think is easier.
The little Welshie is also about 14hh and has no muscle, so she feels a little ridiculous compared to my usual ride of 16.1hh of fit, powerful draft-cross.
After riding my horse yesterday, I'm feel less confident in my ability to train this one. My lower leg is terrilble; has been for years. I just can't keep it where it needs to be. Even after a zillion years of dressage lessons. And for whatever reason, I was bracing on the left rein and could not seem to loosen up. The horse was fine and she went really well (as she usually does. She only has bad days when she gets her first raging heat of the spring, in March or April). Thus the evidence I have that I can train is that in spite of my terrible riding style, everything I have owned or worked with for any length of time has eventually gone well.
I'm just getting fed up with my crap equitation. I'm thinking of putting my non-horsey husband at the other end of the lunge line, giving him a picture of Carl Hester, and saying, "Hold the lunge line and shout at me 'till I look like this."
Last edited by thesilverspear; 08-26-2012 at 06:42 AM.