Anywayyyyy. My radio silence has an explanation this time: My super cool girlfriend was in town! She came to the barn with me, of course, and rode a couple of horses. She also did an excellent job taking pictures, and now I gliterally have 300 new photos of me riding Lex. Most of them won't see the light of day because I have a dumb expression on my face or something, but I am THRILLED to have these. I hope I can look back on them in a few months and be all, "Dude, we've come so far." I'm not completely happy with my riding this week, and Lex deserves better, but instead of being sad that I don't think I look like a good rider in these pictures, I'm going to use them to double-down on my efforts to improve my position.
I took a lesson with D yesterday, and even though at the end I felt like an idiot -- an exhausted idiot, at that -- she was very positive about it. She even said it was our best lesson yet. I just felt physically weak, like I couldn't get my legs to do what I wanted them to do. When I got off the horse, my legs were shaking. That's unusual for me and I'm not sure what's up. But I'm not going to use that as an excuse. Whatever was going on, I should have had better basics in place than I had. (Girlfriend thinks I'm being insane and rode fine, but I think it's her job to say that.)
The good news is, Lex really IS coming along with the contact education. We're not totally there yet, but she's made a lot of improvement in the last week. She's also lunging like a pro, all relaxed and happy and not cutting in or trying to stop all the time.
|I even sucked here: lunge whip pointed at the ground? What?|
What is my right arm doing?
|I love my mare, I really do.|
|Nose poking out a little!!!! Excitement.|
|You guys. My leg. So SO embarrassing. What is happening to me?|
We walked through it a couple times and that went fine, and then commenced trotting. She got really good at it and I focused on making sure she got to the first pole correctly and wouldn't have to reach for the next two. Once she understood the exercise, she did a great job.
When we switched direction and went left, she got a little tense but eventually calmed down nicely. She never tried to stop or wiggle out.
We also cantered on both leads. It was a little hairy at first, but she settled in both directions.
|The right lead was better.|
|Tired but good ponynose.|