Some lesson highlights -- I really felt a kinship with two of the bloggers who I have been obsessively following for the last 6+ months (who also inspired me to start this blog!): JourneyWithADancingHorse and SprinklerBandits. The first is a woman who also has a strong-willed Iberian mare, so I immediately felt a connection with many of her struggles. The one I really identified with last night was her overcoming her mare's terror of the "troll corner" in her arena. The arena I lesson in is much bigger than Ruby is used to, with tons of potentially terrifying objects. One corner in particular obviously has some sort of horse-eating monster inhabiting it, and we had several "discussions" about working through it at the same pace we work the rest of the arena (as opposed to escaping the area as quickly as possible). It's definitely not 100% fixed yet, but I feel like every lesson we make progress.
|Not participating on this short side, thanks anyway.|
|Left hand, Ruby could bend better if you would get on the same page!|
OK now for some of the FUN stuff from my lesson -- we worked some canter last night (didn't get around to it the first lesson, so many things to fix at the walk and trot!) and while parts of it felt like a trainwreck (I'm looking at you right lead), some of it was very nice! The arena we lesson in is wayyyyyy bigger than ACS, so at first Ruby was like "OMG THE SPACE I MUST RUN" but she did settle down and give me some nice moments. I'm hoping with more work there will be less runaway locomotive and more fun springy canter that I get on the trails. Our instructor said that while obviously it's still a baby canter, that there is lots to work with, I just have to, you know, ride it. She also had very nice things to say about Ruby's trainability, so at least I haven't totally fucked that up (what a relief!).
First canter, left lead.
A little more left lead canter.
Final trotwork to end the lesson (vastly better than the beginning!)
I have a clip of some of the right lead canter, but I had to trim the video (because God knows I am not going subject any of you to 4+ minutes of me struggling to get and maintain right lead canter, but YouTube is being super slow about processing it, so it will have to wait until another blog!
Today was actually my birthday, so I took the day off work to be a lazy bum and play with ponies. Ruby and I took a lengthy trail ride and saw some fun wildlife including a beautiful fox, several deer, and lots of bunnies! Ruby decided she was absolutely not participating anymore when one of the deer went crashing through the woods next to us, but I stuck it out and after I regained her attention, we still got some nice work done.
Now that I've stayed up wayyyyy too late blogging and obsessing over video, off to bed! It's going to be wicked hot this weekend, so I can't promise that I'll be an attentive blogger, but I will try to get blogs up for tomorrow and Friday at least! Any requests for #TackReviewThursday?