One week, redux.
September 7, 2011 4 Comments
I’m continuing to pick at my position and posture with Christy, but the quality of our rides continues to improve. On Monday, Derby and I unveiled the “new us” to Christy, and she was very happy with the significant progress she saw. The improvement in forward and energy is evident when compared to my work prior to the show last month (“One Week.)
I still have a ton of work to do, but I’m struck by how my position influences the horse. Really, it’s probably no surprise. These animals can feel flies land on their hides. The shifts in weight and balance that we riders think are subtle probably aren’t, in reality.
Now that I’m better balanced, Derby is moving forward much more freely. And without a lot of help from me, he’s also moving uphill. I tell you, once I get my act together, I’m going to have some fun with this sweet, lovely horse.
Christy shot some video so I could see how we’re doing, and one thing really jumped out at me. While I sit fairly nicely circling left, the same cannot be said going right. I am reverting back to the tendencies I exhibited earlier on Maddie – weighting one rein more heavily (the left one) and sitting crookedly (and unevenly) in the saddle. This video doesn’t lie. You can see me start to lean forward and close my hip when I change directions.
This unfortunate shot sums up what we started to tackle in tonight’s lesson, in which we worked on overall balance and took aim specifically on correcting my crookedness. I have my homework for the weekend, and I hope to report good progress within a few days.