Friday, October 7, 2011

I think, I thought, but I don't know.

I think I need to start with the one-jumping-lesson-one-dressage-lesson plan sooner than I originally thought.

I think this because I thought I had a great ride last night. I felt like Rev was really active, really forward, and we started to get some good bend, even to the right. And she was on the bit -- not necessarily in the outline I want yet, but on the bit counts for a lot. And on the aids in general.

What this means is that I was probably doing it ALL WRONG. *laugh* I don't have a good enough grasp of how we're doing to know when it's right. I don't have a mental picture of what a good outline looks and feels like from her back. I can close my eyes and see/feel what she normally does, how she looks, but that's not where we need to be going. That picture of where we're going is what I need to hold in my mind and strive for. But in order to really have that picture, I need to get it at least once, for a few minutes. You wouldn't think that would be so hard, would you? And yet ... and yet.

Still, I had a good time last night. Forward! Whee! And I felt like I was riding well -- changing my seatbones deliberately, aware of balance and weight aids, getting response when I changed my aids.

I am so taking her winter blanket out with me tonight, dirty or not. She was shivering when I brought her in!! HORROR! DISMAY! Bad horse mom! Bad!

And I got compliments on my dot boots. *grin* DOTS!

1 comment:

  1. I got a comment on my boots. Brent was not pleased because sometimes he borrows my mud boots to do stuff, so he said, "I can't wear THOSE. Why couldn't you get boots we could share?"

    Such is life.

    Glad you had a good ride. Dressage can be so fun.