I always evaluate these gigs when I am done, whether its a teacher conference or whatnot....funny, I walked way yesterday estatic, and today....just so so....I am not sure why....I didn't have any issues With the horse, in fact he was amazingly patient with me!!! Exactly what I needed. And I feel I got him very in tune with me, and very respectful of my space, which for him is good!
I think bc the first day I ended on a really strong note, and nailed the trot to walk maneuver. Boom! Just like my old pleasure horse. On target. Today....I didn't feel quite as successful, especially in saddle as many of the maneuvers were differently executed than I had been taught. I was a pleasure and western riding girl.....
I would ask, " do you want me to move his front end like I would if I needed him to pivot." Yes, was the answer, but when I went to do it, and earl DID move, it "wasn't quite right". At least that is how I felt....when the clinician wasn't looking I would make my horse move his front and hind quarters like I had been taught years ago....he did them and without a bunch of fuss. Lol.
Sometimes I felt like I wasn't making progress because he was asking me to do something I could do, but not his way.....does that make any sense? This isn't good, as I am a bit of a perfectionist, and I want to walk away from a gig having nailed something like the day before.
At the end, we played a 'little' game, and I am sure it was to be in fun....and to solidify our learning, but it totally frustrated me because I had no flipping idea really what I was to be doing..... I probably looked like a dummy out there...
So, as a teacher and a teacher trainer, I need to remember, and execute to the best of my ability I need to make sure everyone feels like they nailed at least SOMETHING during the day!!
Sorry I'm a bit of a negative Nellie, but I was left felling as if I hadn't nailed anything today....and now it's over.
On a positive note...as I will end there....we had zero issues, Mr. Earl and I. I gained a ton of confidence back, I learned some great ground techniques, and things I can use when looking at a new horse to buy....so, as I always ask myself....did I walk way with anything? YES!!! AND....btw, my mom did terrific!!! It's been years for her, and she picked things up well!!!
We got a few photo ops, but not on my phone...so when I download them, I will share.
Happy trails all, ride strong!!