..on my usual try-to-wind-down from Friday swing shift, so reading & "liking". Welcome Cinlee! Freddy Krueger still freaks me out..I would have nightmares after watching the show, so stopped watching; am way too visual of a person.
Am stealing Nicker's designation for AlegUp: ALU! Beautiful horse!
MR: will try to explain. My idea was that I needed something to practice with @ home, since I've had trouble (esp w/infrequency of lessons, if I could practice for real everyday things would be different, & progressing much more rapidly) w/my hands being all over the place, while trying to remember leg cues, then coordinate those 2 things w/tuning into the horse. So: Janice showed me how to put together nylon laundry rope w/little pulleys attached to weights, that can be clamped onto the back of the chair, idea being, while imagining hand positions & turning (as in "until you see the horse's eye"), doing the hand/arm thing as softly as possible...no yanking, no pulling hard.
I've got it in my head now that the cues not only are coming from legs, but from my own core & mind (in my head at present, mind you; implementation on horseback forthcoming). Therefore: as much as I like the "rein-board" (Janice said a friend of hers uses it for students learning to drive a team), I felt I needed a "real", a "horse head" that I can see, to build a mouth/head that I can really feel (as much as possible). So, so far, I've constructed a flexible/bending thing w/"give, so when I pull, I can feel the resistance but also the give, which will remind me that there's a very sensitive mouth/tongue/lips on the real thing. I want to somehow utilize the rope/weights of the rein-board (weights are horseshoes) onto the mouth of the "horse head", so when I pull, I'll not even pull enough to really lift the weights. Hence: "soft hand" practice, & be sitting on my exercise ball, to imitate movement (practice my hips/pelvis; legs won't be possible, but can visualize).
MR, is that any clearer? It's an experiment, I admit, & goes beyond the making of something just to make the something; it has a purpose. I've also ordered a DVD to watch while practicing, so hope it will be useful too.