My hands hurt from constantly pulling Blu up, trying to stop, trying to do half halts, etc, etc, etc. Blu is just too high-strung to show Western. I have been considering English riding again. I really think Blu and I could jump in shows if he would calm down a bit and I could get training and such.
It makes me feel like such a horrible rider when there is only about a foot and a half of rein between my hands and the bit when Boo is excited. He had better headset than ever today but that was only for so long.
Does he even feel me milking his reins, pulling back, asking for less speed, trying to slow down or stop? He did excellent in the roundpen when I asked for a slower lope just from moving my hips. (Thanks you JDI) But as soon as he gets excited, its back to square one.
I have been considering going to a clinic or something but can I afford one? Oh GRRRR!