Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Eastern Connecticut
Need More Riding Time/Wasting Lessons
I just had an unproductive lesson I started out doing turns on the forehand and before I could warm him up (he's not mine but I ride him in every lesson) my instructor came in. She had me do another turn on the forehand except that she thought I didn't know how and walked up to the horse and poked him. Then I did it myself away from her and she goes "good". Im thinking yeah duh, I just did the same exact thing the same exact way before you came in here in both directions. So then I start warmiing him up and she has me counter flexing him and leg yielding him and doing spirals. All things Im very good at already except counter flexion. But its not hard. Then she tells me, okay when you get to the corner make a sharp turn (like a making a square to get him to collect) and canter. I didn't feel the horse was ready to canter, he definitely was plodding along and in a stretchy frame, almost on the forehand (he's a lazy older warmblood). But I shortened my reins and did my best to get him more awake before the turn. The turn went well but he slowed down just as I asked for the canter. Then when I asked he got pissy because the last time I cantered on him it was a big battle. So then he was flying around with his head up, back hollow and counter bending when I would pull on the inside rein and when I would push him into the outside rein he would over bend to the inside and slow down. Then he was straight but unbalanced/uncollected with a hollow back. So after my instructor had me bending him all over the place to try and trick him into the canter (and he still wouldn't do it, he just kept kicking out at my aids) and me getting so frustrated that I lost my form and my stirrups. I got pist, stopped listening to my instructor, put him on a circle and said, "this is pissing me off, Im not playing this F**king game with you anymore!" I got him back into a frame, got a better trot and then he cantered right away. But he broke, he seemed to struggle with every stride. He's an upper level horse, I think he's probably just having trust issues with me and is afraid to actually go. So I just cantered him a few more times in both directions until he wouldn't stop unless I told him to. Im glad I fixed the problem but I feel like it was a good waste of a lesson. The only thing I learned is that I need to pay more attention to what my body is doing. We also practiced square halts but they were all from square turns (Doing a sharp turn and asking for the halt as Im turning so he's already got his haunches under him).