I agree, Celeste; rain/cold/snow/wind on any day except my Sunday-Monday. That's MY rule, lol! (FYI, re previous post, those 3 ones the only ones I did, the other muckers will have double-doody on those tomorrow).
Lesson #17: I'd asked Janice for a ground work/body language thing. Dang, I got it. She made it look so easy. She wanted to do Bailey, then Flicka, as Bailey will do anything she's told & Flicka will give a challenge. So, Bailey first, out in the round pen; Janice showed me point-of-shoulder, eyes-on-horse, movements to change direction, moving her along (this is w/coiled rope, motions,stance), bringing her forward in release then "join-up". Yup, looked easy. Me, I totally confused myself & of course Bailey, but it finally worked out. I guess.
Janice said I did well & not too be hard on myself, but still. One of the first ignorant things I did was, in listening to Janice, walk right into Bailey's line of sight & confuse her as to who was giving her direction.
I admit I get spacey & stupid after the hard work of mucking (& today was intense) but I'm hard on myself because I seem to have no stamina/energy after a bit, & my brain gets muddled. (Hope Janice didn't see the tears puddling, but I didn't let them drop.)
Anyway, did learn a lot, & hope I can get it all absorbed. We didn't get Flicka out for a 2nd run of the lesson, because I had no energy or brainspace left to do it well. Just wanted to go home.
Oh, Janice said "your guys on your chat are going to think I'm crazy, like "you're teaching what??" I told her YOU guys totally know what she's trying to do w/me, & explain things to me & that she'd really like you'all. I felt surprised that she'd say that, as she's a super-confident person (& is vary wary of all the NewAge touchy-feely stuff in regards to horses, so maybe she felt a bit unsure of what she does that goes right into someone like Monty Roberts). Oh, she just knows her stuff, & knows horses. Told her today SHE reads me like a book, since she's half-horse anyway. She laughed & said she's had a lot of practice.
Well, as for me, I've known for a long time that I can read tons, watch videos etc, but really doing something is where the learning comes in. I did FEEL, a couple of times w/Bailey, what she was talking about. I watched for head movement, lip-licking, muscle tension or lack thereof (that one's hard). I think I learned alot today. Maybe wasn't such an idiot after all.
Onward & Upward, I'm Not Done Yet...