Pat your head, rub your tummy
January 18, 2012 2 Comments
I squeezed in a lesson tonight, because we’re slated to have temperatures so cold tomorrow that riding will be questionable at best, and working the horses would be a bad idea.
As I mounted up, I told Christy that I had done my homework last night, posting laps keeping my feet light in the stirrup, while feeling my inner thighs burn. While things were easier last night, I admitted to Christy that I had found putting it together – getting the horse round and bending, for example, was tough for me while I was also thinking about carrying myself correctly. I know the muscles aren’t there yet, but I told her I wanted to start working on adding aids as I develop strength. Multitasking, I said, was tough.
“Like pat your tummy, rub your head,” said Christy. “Okay, then! ”
She put us on a circle, asking me to spiral in and out at the trot. Keeping good rhythm was non-negotiable. Off we went, and I am happy to report that I’m finding it easier and easier to carry myself correctly in the saddle. We set up the bend by softening the inside rein, and pushing the horse into the outside rein from my inside leg. However, I was so fixated on my position that I forgot some other essentials. Christy reminded me that when bending, to move my outside leg back a bit. Duh! I couldn’t believe I had forgotten that, but that’s what I do when I’m focusing on one thing – it’s often to the exclusion of everything else. Slowly, she put the pieces back together, stopping every now and then to have me stand a couple beats to realign myself.
With Christy’s help, we were able to produce nice circles with respectable quality, and best of all, I was maintaining my steady lower leg and carrying myself correctly. Definite progress.