Day two of the clinic dawned bright and early (sort of). Being that I haul back and forth (especially right now when the Boyfriend is not home to watch the doggos), I needed to get my butt in gear much sooner than if I had stayed overnight. I don't mind it so much though, because I was actually looking forward to a morning ride time, which would mean I'd still get home and actually be able to do stuff!
Again, Annie was super to haul, unload, tack, etc and I was on without much delay. I didn't bring Spud with me because I wanted to get home and finished with chores as quickly as possible so I could walk the dogs and enjoy the rest of my day.
We got to business right away, as I had warmed up Annie in the grass area again. She was happy to plod along and altho she got tight a few times in her neck, she eased herself back into my hands nicely. It wasn't perfect, but there were some good moments to be had.
|No boots because the front boots had rubbed her little puncture wound|
the day before.
Which brings me to another point. Typically clinics around here are three days. While I do have the ability to participate in all three days, I often choose to do two days only. It kind of goes in line with all the budgeting posts I have been seeing lately - to haul out each day (45min each way) and factoring in the costs of the lessons themselves, it's financially easier just to do the two. I could haul out and camp (which I have done before and it cuts down a lot on costs), but with the Boyfriend gone and having dogs at home, I can't really just bring them with me. Plus, Annie and I are typically Deader Than a Dead Thing on Day 2 so I feel like Day 3 would be wasteful when both of us aren't in shape for it.
Anyways, back to our regularly scheduled post.
I really enjoyed this lesson - there were a lot of good moments and I had some "new" feelings undersaddle. Like, feeling Annie lock onto her first jump ever!! And jumping a very teeny 2' jump!
I do really enjoy my private lessons, because during the walk breaks Anthony really gets into biomechanics and breaks down a lot of issues unrelated to my lesson that may come up in the future. He's an exceptionally smart man and I enjoy his thought process, especially during this clinic wherein we talked about "headset" and being "round" and what it means, how to apply it to horses and why tight frames aren't beneficial. I mean, we all know why, but to hear in his own words and with real-life examples, it was really cool. We even played around with having Annie more engaged and what feel I should be feeling vs "fake" lightness and how that can hinder our quest to forward. It was really, really neat.
We worked on solidifying the basics on the flat first and a lot of what Anthony talked about the previous day was echoed. It's interesting to me that I've heard this "stop nagging her forward and make her carry herself" and I still just keep doing what I can do to get by. It bit me in the ass a few times, especially with the jumping.
|Some of the course we did - so many little X's for the conquering!|
So instead of fixing it, I've just been making myself ride harder. Keeping that leg on, pushing each and every stride out of her... but it doesn't work. I'm pouring sweat, breathing heavy, and my legs get sore (curse these short legs!). And in return, I've made a horse that is quite dull to the leg and enjoys not having to work as hard as she should be and gets pissed for the continuous legs bouncing at her sides.
We worked a lot on going over trot poles and revving her up to go over them and then "abandoning" ship (ie. sitting quiet) as she went over them. It was interesting to me, because she fumbled her way through the first few sets because I wasn't holding her hand. As we moved along, she became more willing to carry herself and more willing to step out to make the striding.
|The large blue/grey one wasn't for us, but the rest of them were!|
And it all kind of boils down to the same phrase Anthony has been saying to me all year.
Make HER bolder.
Don't ride every stride - she needs to hold her end of the bargain for you. When you get into the more complicated things, then you can start to micromanage more. The very basics should be there without the need for interference from the rider.
|THIS was fun!!|
I don't remember key points from this lesson beyond echoed statements from previous lessons, but it was enlightening and a fun lesson. I'm sad I don't have media from it, because it would have served as some ripe blog fodder!
|Tired bean - ready to head home!|