Do you guys have them? Some days I feel like we are really progressing forward and then there is a day when everything seems to go wrong (like yesterday of her leaning on bit instead of going on bit). Do you just keep working these days as always or go with something easy?
I'm sure all of us can relate. The best thing about our bad days is learning from them. Learning what we need to work on. Continue to work on the problem and when you get a good response end that session and move on. Before you end your work, go back to the problem and work on it one more time ending on a positive note. It will get better.
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Oh my gosh of course!!
My last mare was a serious diva. 95% of the time she was a dream, she could jump the moon, and was soo pretty. But once in a while, she would get in this mood where she wouldnt even want to walk into the ring. The most important lesson she taught me was to pick your battles. If you are having a bad day, where you are both just getting frustrated, go do something that you know you two are good at, or that you know your horse really likes.
Its part of the fun of the sport that we love! Our horses have minds, moods, likes and dislikes of their own. The bad days make the good ones feel so good!
I change it up on a bad day and do something else instead something he already knows how to do well.
I think everyone has bad days... Primo gets in a funk if we do a lot of dressage, so sometimes it's just necessary to head out for a walk. I'll try to work on what we were doing out in the field if possible, but if not, there's always tomorrow. Time to regroup and approach the problem from a different angle.
Definitely. Especially since I'm trying to bring Willie back after an almost 2 year break. I know that he knows how to do everything, and he knows that he knows how to do everything, but since we're working on building up that muscle it's harder for him and he gets frustrated and I get frustrated and it gets to the point where I just have to get off, ask him to do some simple groundwork, and end it on a good note because I know if I keep trying to ride him through it I won't get anywhere. Just takes time and patience. :)
Good advice! My mare and I definately have our good, okay and bad days. Today was an okay-bad day. But, I think I learn more from the bad then good days, which is a bummer because I get frustrated anf angry easily. With a sensitive mare, frustration doesn't work out so well. Right now, we're having our problems in jumping. I'm trying to still learn how to pick my battles. :)
Is it a bad ride? Or just not as good as the previous days?
Every day must be the same in our minds. It is so ingrained in human nature to just "pick up where we left off" the previous day, we must strive to eliminate this and start every ride from scratch.
Start with the training scale, rhythm. Once you have that then move to relaxation/suppleness, then contact etc...
Every day I get on my horse who is schooling PSG I start on 20m circles and easy lines, stretching forward in a working trot and canter. No matter what we make it to that day, whether we get stuck on single flying changes or trot serpentines, that is what I work to improve. If we make it to schooling tempis and pirouettes, then that is what I improve. Either way - we must use the training scale, work through the levels EVERY ride and then each day becomes its own. Each day we work to improve something - and hopefully end up with a better horse the next day, the next week and the next month.Training plateaus are to be expected as the horse builds strength and understanding, but there is never a bad ride, only different rides with different goals.
For me - I sometimes go to the barn after 14 hour days and if I am not feeling up to it, I start at the walk and work myself up to a ride, making it as far as I physically and mentally can handle. If my horse is feeling great I can do the PSG that day, if he is off we might not even go past the working gaits. But I know I still will have improved even one thing and tomorrow is a new day.
on bad days i generally dont do much of anything. it would much rather us not get upset and frustrated. it just causes stress. which is something you dont want when training/riding or just doing something that you love to do.
Thanks, folks! I just kept working on that particular problem, it was just much worse than rides 2 days before that and that's getting frustrating (I know, not good).
Anebel, I'd say "not so good day" rather than "bad ride". Well, depends on what you call "bad ride of course. :wink:
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