I have been anticipating this lesson for a while since they sound like exactly what Tillie and I both need - Confidence boosting and just miles of doing something over again until it becomes not too exciting.
Tillie was not as much a fan of the step-up trailer. She didnt need too much to get on other then some slight pressure and would stand just fine, but unloading she really didnt like the step down. It is something I intend to work on more so she can load more easily in case I keep pestering Emma for rides.
|Maybe Tillie would prefer this step up and all the pretty colors instead?|
Anyway, Tillie has been to this farm before for XC Schooling but she definitely didnt remember and was way more curious about all the pretty ponies initially then being aware that I was on her back.
What was nice about this though was it was a bit of a prep for what showing would be like the next day...and good mare settled down eventually after a few of these moments admiring other horses:
We started off warming up with some pointers from P and some I REALLLLLLY need to write down and keep in my bag of tricks for the winter:
- Problem: My crookedness in my body issue
Solution: Drop left stirrup only / keep only the tip of the toe of the left foot in the stirrup
- Problem: My arms look like I am pulling or tenseSolution: Ride with my reins like I driving horses instead like this:
Luckily, P took pity on my and didnt make me do any of those in this lesson. So we moved on to jumping a grid. Tillie was so wonderfully quiet I was a bit freaked out. I was so excited with my pody positioning and lower leg looking as good as it did that I wasnt even all that upset when I got the feedback of needing to work on my hands over fences and following her more.
**SIDE NOTE** I get really upset when I get any feedback on my hands being too grabby. So my MISSION is to nip this in the bud once and for all so I can be a lovely quiet rider instead.
Anyway, P consoled me a bit on this issue too and said she understands why I dont with her being forward and hot, but the following exercise would help with this.
P did also give me homework to jump her and immediately HALT her before turning to make her understand she needs to half halt and listen to me...not just land a roll. It was challenging but it did the trick, at least on balancing Tillie better, immediately.
Emma crutched around and was able to capture some video.
I am so impressed at how much her form as improved as well! It is something I have fretted over and worried she wasnt cut out for this, but little mare is proving me wrong!
|As Emma put it: She looks fancy AF trotting here.|
|Oh hey nice tight jumper knees!|
|Emma drinking like a camel from all the work crutching around. Yes, that is a full pitcher of soda water.|