Monday, June 29, 2015

Picking yourself up - 'cause you're a cowgirl, damnit!

I'm sure we all have heard about the exceptionally unfair card that has been dealt to our fellow blogger, Lauren from "She Moved to Texas". My thoughts and well wishes are with her in this difficult time and I urge anyone who can, to take a look at the Go Fund Me campaign put on by no-one other than dear Tracy. The account was created to assist Lauren in not only her daily life, but her horsey life too.

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Now onto my less significant problems and musings...

I left off with kind of a downer post, mostly because I was feeling frustrated, stuck, and in a bit of a rut. You see, I am English through and through - Western riding was nothing more than sticking the saddle on and going for a trail ride in the bush. So trying to emulate any kind of real work in a Western saddle is difficult, simply because I don't know how.


At first I was pretty down and bummed about not knowing how to fix our problems, but then I realized that there is a reason instructors and clinicians exist. And instead of feeling sorry for myself and feeling like I was ruining my horse, I made a few inquiries to the local horse clubs and found out that a trainer I used to ride English under is coming up this week to teach. Without hesitating, I booked two lessons (I would've booked more but I am working and I figure two days of lessons after an 11hr work day would be enough).

And after booking those lessons, I rode my mare for two days in a row. I concentrated on being soft, quiet, and letting GO of the damn reins. I used my seat and legs and really tried hard to be the best mirror of a Western rider that I could. No, we didn't magically improve or complete a super difficult reining test. But the potential was there and the small changes that surfaced were pleasantly welcomed.

My first lesson is tomorrow and I'm nervous, excited, and a bit... unsure. I don't want to look stupid, but at the same time, lessons are about making progress.

10 comments:

  1. Good for you for tackling your problem head on and getting some lessons. I'm sure some eyes on the ground will be a huge help - can't wait to hear how it goes :)

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    1. It was the best decision I've made thus far! Haha!

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  2. You won't look stupid! Lessons are almost always a good thing :)

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  3. Have fun! I'm betting it will be a great experience :)

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    1. In this case, I both had fun and learned a lot!

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  4. You won't look stupid! I bet it'll be great for you.

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  5. super exciting - i hope you love the lessons! don't worry about looking stupid, the whole point is to learn and make progress, exactly like you say!

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    1. I think my recaps summed up how much fun I had :)

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