All posts for the month May, 2012

Two steps forward and one back

Published May 25, 2012 by gofullthrottle

I havent posted a long post in a while so thought this would be a good time. For the first time in our partnership Welimingh is actually going better in the trot than the canter, thats progress I guess. The quality of the canter struggles with his balance and me expecting him to lift more through his shoulders in true self carriage. That will come with time. My biggest struggle this week has been that Susan asked me to lengthen my stirrups one hole. That means a quick adaptation is needed on my part in order to stay balanced. At first my lower left leg would not sit still. It drove me absolutely crazy to be so disconnected from my body.

A great friend of mine told me to close my eyes and ride it intuitively. So I sat in my bed and rode it. I feel like my balance is slightly more on my right seat bone than my left., when I addressed this with Susan today she suggested I am blocking through my hips somewhere. So the quick fix was to drop the weight in my left stirrup and open up and relax my pelvis and allow it to move with my horse. Today was better.

Susan says it takes 28 days to break a habit. I know that using sports psychology and visualization is as effective as riding itself. I am giving myself a week to be rid of this problem and back on track. I will keep you posted on who is right.

Changing to the new stable was a very good decision, they are very attentive with the care and have helped me with a lot of adaptation issues that have come up. Although the temperature has not gotten much hotter the humidity has certainly picked up. The other bonus to moving is having both Susan and Kim around as GP riders to bounce questions off of.

Its the first time in a long time that I have trained under a coach that is willing to help out or give advice when she is not under the clock. Such a novel and selfless concept. I was struggling with some canter pirouette exercises earlier this week and Susan was more than happy to offer a bit of advice, then we school it in the lesson. She is also willing to throw out a “that looks good” every once in a while as words of encouragement. I am very fortunate and happy to have found such a positive learning environment.

I am off to a “very special olympics party”  this weekend with some very big names in the horse world. I am told there will be ridiculous games like the egg and spoon race (no horses) for all of us to play. With this crew it is bound to be the most competitive egg and spoon race the world has ever seen so I will try to get some video.

Now I just need to decide what kind of cake to make!