Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
Buck clinic Day 2:
Buck clinic Day 2......Completed exhausted. I hope I can finish this post before going to bed! Exhausted, but such a great day. Some really BIG stars came into alignment and feel very successful, even though it didn't happen until later in the day when I was practicing.
After Snicker's little tantrums yesterday, she decided to start out the day with them today in the clinic. She was being the total mare stereotype. I felt less confident today with what was asked of us, because I was so worried about her behavior. I asked Buck what to do if my mare was pinning her ears at others. He told me to get her moving. That was the last thing I wanted to hear, because I was scared of what that may lead to between us running into other riders or me falling off if she moved forward too much. But, I had to suck it up and do it! So, I felt like I was kinda working on her attitude and not the work at hand during the clinic. Almost felt like we regressed. But towards the end of the clinic, after hearing Buck complain about 'dull' horses and making them go, I began working on roll backs and then pushing Snickers forward through the feel of my pelvis tilting, then the slight movement in my legs and, if she didn't go, kick her. Oh, well she got it veeeeeery quickly. Some of these things I hadn't heard for the first time, and even had tried to work through in the past.....but I really didn't get it until Buck kept on about it, over and over. Some of the other things started to make slight sense too, but not that total 'aha' moment.
After watching the second clinic I saddled up Snickers to practice. Once in the arena, I realized that Snickers learned to go more forward from those earlier exercises and Buck saying it over and over, making me do it, over and over. It's such a true statement when it is said that the rider often gives up just before success. You have to stick it out and hang in there....not just for ten minutes, once a week. While I have no problem executing those things with groundwork, it had been very hard under saddle for me. When I found that she was listening to my seat and leg to go forward, I was able to then focus on getting her soft/collecting/bridling her up. And once my hands had purpose and I was focused watching for the opportunities to offer release to her, I wasn't scared of her forward movement anymore. We were moving out, at the trot, way faster than she has ever given me before, and instead of focusing on how scared I was of the forward movement, and instead focusing on her so I could release to her, it all fell into place. And when that happend, Snickers got better and better, looking for that and the misbehaving went away. So hard to explain, but so freaking cool. There were all kinds of things going on in that arena and outside of the arena, and we were just both going on like it was our own little bubble. She was happy she was in her rectangle and I was happy in it too.