Leroy was very
full of himself today. He was ducking in like crazy and jumping at everything. Art was laughing at me watching me go around the pen. At one point Leroy took off, on the correct lead. So I took advantage of the situation and kicked and kicked and kicked. We were galloping around that arena. My thought was, you wanna run? Ok ill make you run. By the end he was calmed down ever so slightly. He was on fire today, im going back after classes to ride him into the ground.
Steve gave us a demo today about leads and forward motion. He was explaining to us how when people struggle with leads its not a lead problem its a body control problem. Because when you set up your horse correctly, he has to either pick up the lead or fall down. Its impossible for a horse to pick up the wrong lead of they are in the correct position. He was also explaining the importance of forward motion. Without forward motion you have nothing. What alot of people don't understand is the horse must learn to move forward before they can move slow correctly. Sure its painful to be flying around like a TB on your future western pleasure champion. But your teaching your horse to use his hind end and to move forward. When a horse lacks that, is when artificial movement comes in, 4beating, troping, etc. Eventually your horse will be able to slow down and lope correctly. Your not ruining your horse by doing so, your teaching it.
So the teachers encourage us to push our horses into a fast pace at all times. We are not allowed to jog or lope yet, its all about getting their minds set on going somewhere. So even the really choppy short strided ponies are flying around the pen looking like Paso Finos
Everyone is still wearing helmets which I think is a good thing. Im the only one who wears an english helmet with a western saddle. Everyone else went out a bought another helmet. Why?! I have a perfectly good certified helmet in my locker. Im not about to go buy another one just so I don't look silly.
Im ordering chaps todayyyyy! I cannot wait, im so excited. Im getting them made for me so they will be perfect. More tomorrow =]