Tillie has been blowing me away so far this year. Not only is she finding her rhythm and figuring out her job, she seems to be really liking it.
|Even when its a monsoon...we get some nice work done|
Our trainers have begun to push us past this comfort zone and I find myself back in the place of having some moments or entire rides where its like damn this is hard. No one ever said this sport was easy...I am pretty darn lucky to have such a game mare because I am figuring this out as I go, as is she.
|Drenched, but we dont care...maybe Tilie does|
I had an at home schooling ride a few days ago where it just felt down right awful...the kind of ride that I havent had in months. She called to her friends, which she hasnt done since before the depo, wasnt focused and didnt really want to work...just locked on my right rein and would not work through it no matter how hard I tried coaxing her. At first I embraced the challenge and thought back to my last dressage lesson with C that was grueling, but progress was made. I know it didnt look or feel pretty for most parts, but it resulted in a softer horse who was better on the outside aids.
|She is lucky she was cute on this day after the stunts she pulled|
|You know...this saying or whatever|
I need to work on that not baiting me into arguing with her and just staying the course and trusting that the training will work it out, because it has worked so far!
|ups and downs: Training horses is not linear|
|#mareglare for days|
|Allll the hay|
At the end of the day, I am grateful that we have been going well and its been feeling so good. I am accepting the not so great rides and moments...reflecting as needed but not letting them get to me. Closely monitoring the why's of the struggle if I can figure them out, but trusting my instincts and trainers I have surrounded myself with. Right now, the not so great moments and even this one particular ride, as terrible as it felt, still feels ok. It feels like progress.
The next day, all was forgotten and we had the most lovely ride so I am holding to it!