IT'S SNOWING!!!!! ON MARCH 21!!!! ahhahaha thank you, Maine. That's okay...makes me feel better about not riding today. I had a chiro appointment so I wouldn't have been able to ride anyway. $100 gone for x-rays...I really hope they can fix all this stuff! Especially my shoulders....those hurt soooo bad. I can't even remember the last time they didn't. Anyway, no updates about Mac for today, hopefully will ride Wednesday since I have Chiro tomorrow as well.
tinyliny: Not sure about specific disengagement exercises, though I've read about them in Clinton Anderson books and have PLANNED on doing them...but never did. I do disengage through the one-rein stop, though, when she bolts on the trail and that definitely helps keep things under control. I think it has helped her flexibility a lot, too. I know she's still stiff to the right, but when I got her she was so stiff I couldn't turn her that way at all, so it is an improvement. I'll try looking up some of those exercises and see what they involve--thank you!
lildonkey: thank you, it's kinda nice to have people read and hold me accountable to this as sometimes I forget!
netty: thanks for reading! It's been quite the journey. I am young and used to riding other peoples' naughty horses, so I think it comes par for the course for me! For some odd reason, bucking has never bothered me much. Rearing on the other hand, I'll act like a big baby usually. The bolting bothers me at times...but with my horse that is literally in a days work. And that spinning morgan I rode has made me totally immune to spinning. I think that I was lucky in a way to always ride a variety of horses instead of having my own...it prepared me for anything.
A horse is the projection of peoples' views about themselves--strong, powerful, beautiful--and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existance.