A quick horse-y update today. I got a lift to the stables today which was handy as I haven’t been feeling great this weekend and the idea of cycling or sitting on a bus for a hour were not appealing. When I arrived I was asked to stand with Td as work was being done on the stables and I was just to keep an eye on him, as I chatted to him and my classmate (there were only two of us in the lesson today) it occurred to me that it was quite quiet at the stables. I reckon the weather and just circumstances meant that the stables were quieter than usual and with the fog it seemed even quieter – does that make sense? Probably not 🙂
Anyway it turns out that the stable owner will be teaching us from now on, it was an interesting class although I was a bit down when she said I wasn’t as advanced a rider as my classmate – which is probably totally true but I just thought “you don’t know me well if you think that won’t make me down” especially when I have been riding a while. So again it was about lack of activity for me, need to concentrate on getting Td moving on, and again the whole balance, even distribution of weight which I clearly still don’t have. I feel like carrying a sign saying it used to be worse!! Ha ha. We did a lot of work in walk and trot, in fact yet another week without canter but do you know what I am okay with that as long as I feel like I learn something each week.
In trot we focused on me rising on the balls of my feet, even weight distribution and keeping my arms elastic with elbows at the side. I also found another moment of ‘oh, that’s cool’ when I did weight transfer of my hips only – not my shoulders – and Td responded by curving in a better circle shape and staying out more. I was also getting shown to keep my hands further apart, hip-width that was really tough as I have not ridden like that before. At times I felt like I lost control but that’s probably because I let my arms go stiff, man there was so much to think about.
I got a better trot from Td at the end, and I think that was due to my body and weight being better distributed and not bothering him so much in a way. He felt much lighter at the end of my reins by the end and I had decided to give myself homework by getting my swiss ball blown up and trying to even distribute my weight in my feet even while watching the TV etc. I did feel more secure by the end of the lesson and much as Td is a great horse I felt like I had been working him as well as me! That was quite cool. I think it will be about trying to combine my old knowledge with the new knowledge, pretty much the same things are being said – I just need to work on them and chill out a bit! Honestly I did tense up a little in the lesson and it didn’t feel as enjoyable as my old lessons but that’s the thing about a change, it doesn’t always go as smoothly as you might hope but you should persevere.