Thursday, December 9, 2010
Get my head back in the game
I need to pay attention to what this horse needs to keep moving forward with her training. She goes really nicely for a few days and I forget how neurotic she can be and start pushing her to the next step and the next and the next and she can't handle it. So I give her a few days off. When she has had a few days off I am a little nervous and tense when I get on her because she is a little explosive and she is nervous and tense because of her history. I realized yesterday that I was riding with my shoulders hunched and kind of shoving and pushing at her when she was spooky. So she got stiff as a board and resistant. What I need to do is ride every day or as close as possible, but not train every day. Or at least not train anything new or push her along.
Today I made sure of my own position, was extra aware of my hands and legs and worked her for about an hour... all at the walk. I gradually asked her to bend more and turn better and walk out more and she did. She gradually relaxed and ended happy and with no resistance.
I know that it is tiny little steps that keep her moving forward and I forget because when she is going nicely she is as nice and responsive as any horse I have ever ridden. She just can't maintain it yet because she starts to worry. I can't just zone out and take a mental day off and expect her to carry on. She has come a long way, I don't want her to get stuck now.