*waves at the lurkers/readers!* hey guys! I have a lot of views, just wanted to say anyone can comment if ya feel like it. :) Or I can talk to myself, but either way works hehe
I'm a bit late posting this, I had my lesson this last Tuesday. My coach had her pen back up and they made it bigger this time which is really nice. I started off riding Sun. Back to the English saddle! She said it belonged to a friend and she might ask if she can buy it while she is looking at getting a more expensive saddle for her other English horse. I liked it better than the other one. More supple I guess I would say.
We mostly just did walking and trotting with me trying to get back into posting again. But I didn't do that too, too much. I was remembering my last lesson where Darwin moved very well with leg pressure and I felt like I was using my reins to much with Sun. Coach did say that I was using my hands a lot and I should try to keep them still and down. So I asked her more about it and she said that to turn use 1. Use legs and then if that doesn't work 2. Use reins. And when I use them I should remember that they should be at length where all I need to do is pick up (literally upwards) on that side. Good stuff to work on!
About halfway through or so she asked if I wanted to try Rol. I said sure! He was very nice to lunge last time and he's freakin gorgeous and why not? I like trying different horses.
So while she went to go catch him and tack him up I walked around the arena by myself. It was like, BAM, the moment she was out of eyesight he was a different horse. A magical, responsive creature that was actually applying himself to what I was saying.
LOL. As a lesson horse he has a horrrrrible habit of constantly trying to go into the middle of the ring where the coach is standing. And then stop. 'Okay, we're done now.' Aha, no. Coach says that when he does this, instead of trying to get him to back up I should keep him walking, so whoops I did that wrong last week, my bad. Of course if I'd thought about how I was rewarding him by stopping, but I guess I was thinking I was punishing him by backing? Lol, oh well! Now I know, and hopefully I'll remember!
Anyways..... oooohh my god. He was SO good when we were alone. He wasn't looking at her or wandering in. He was actually LISTENING to my leg aids and doing so good to the point where I had us doing figure 8's, turning this way and that, going diagonal and he would turn right where I wanted him to, when I wanted him to. Maybe some of it was me, maybe I was less distracted as well, I'm not sure. He did call out to the mare over in the far pasture once, and she called back that was kind of funny, which I scolded him for but couldn't help but laugh.
As soon as coach and the other horse came up he was back to being stubborn and not wanting to go or listen. I kept at it though. I mean, especially now that I know he can do it! She tacked up Rol and lunged him for a bit and then got on him in the ring with us. I tried to keep us moving in the middle while she walked and trotted him around. They don't like each other very much. I did try to trot Sun at one point but had to stop since it was immediately apparent he was trying to catch up with Rol.
I stopped in the middle and let her finish up and just sat and watched. Then I got to ride Rol. She led Sun outside and she stood and watched. He was sooo different! It was like going from directing a football player to a ballet dancer. He was smooth, moved at the drop of a hat, readily took cues and knew so many more moves. (Western saddle now.) I had issues getting him to just turn corners at first because he would move sideways, straight over the left instead. She said he doesn't really turn like a normal horse since he does Western Pleasure.
He's one of those horses that picks up what you want right away. So I had to know what I wanted and make sure it was in my head. He was picking up where I wanted to go before I could even ask. Very, very different for me. When trying to trot him I was supposed to keep him collected a very slow trot, a jog, I think it's called? And that was hard for me because it was 1. Hard to tell when he was doing it 2. A bit outside my knowledge/skill to know how to hold him back while asking him to go faster. She said to squeeze a little and cluck but then pull back gently when he started to go to fast. I felt like we were doing okay sometimes but then other times he would start to go faster or even start a canter and I would pull him back and he would go back into a walk again. Hmm.. I need more practice at that I guess?
I think I can use either Sun or Rol at my lessons now. I'm not sure who to use. Sun is stubborn but is more English, Rol is fancy and Western. I'm not sure which I should do I guess. I do eventually want to do jumping, next year maybe and I like the English saddle better and think the posting helps improve my seat. However, it would be really cool to learn all the western stuff like barrels and w.p. And I have the opportunity to learn on a show horse which is also neat. So.. I don't know. I guess I will just do whatever. And try not to overthink it hehe. :)