Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Penn State University Park
• Horses: 0
It was sort of a messy, yet fun, lesson. I was on Molly again. And I realized that I'm so focused on everything else I have to be doing that sometimes I forget about my leg aides. I'm thinking about keeping my hands down, about shortening the outside rein, about the right diagonal, about the pattern I'm riding, about turning my head the way I'm turning before the turn, about staying centered, about keeping my heels down. By the time I've thought about all of those things, I've forgotten to, say, use the inside leg to help push Molly out to the outside. Also, I've come to rely on the whip a tad too much when riding Molly. She doesn't want to go to trot or canter, so I got used to just tapping her instead of asking with the leg first. So sometimes, she was cantering when I just wanted her to trot. But I think I've come a long way since the beginning of the semester, when I didn't even know the meaning of "leg aides."
But we did do a lot of cantering today, and our instructor told us that both of us were doing a lot better than last time. I was able to stay balanced better. Also, I was bouncing too much at the beginning, but then our instructor told me to not be so stiff through the hips, to keep myself balanced by not letting my outside shoulder go back too much, and to let myself rock back a little bit. Once I remembered that, it was fantastic. Molly is a quick little pony, and when she starts to canter, the whole world falls away. I love the dressage team, but I also can't wait to jump. Hopefully I can trade barn work for lessons this summer. I need to have a job so I can pay for my dressage team lesson block during the school year, and it would be nice if I didn't have to pay for summer lessons. Maybe then I could jump! I did jump when I was in 8th grade, but only a few times.