Fixing my “Go” button
August 22, 2012 7 Comments
It’s become painfully evident to me that Derby is dead to my leg. I’m not willing to escalate, and buy a longer whip and sharper spurs. Ideally, I’d love to be an effective enough rider with a responsive horse to not require either of these accoutrements. So in my lesson last night, we made getting rid of the whip in one week a goal. When that happens, I need the horse to be pretty hot off my leg. Otherwise, we’re going to get nothing accomplished.
Christy has ridden Derby for me, and has dealt with the deadness by insisting that he GO FORWARD NOW. In all her rides, this insistence has elicited a buck from the protesting equine, but then, magically, the ride improves. He goes forward.
Last night, I told her that I’d man up and get it done. Tonight I got to work. We started out in a nice marching walk, but Derby soon wanted to peter out on me. I squeezed my legs. Nothing. I gave him a good Pony Club boot with both heels. Nothing. I took a deep breath, and repeated the Pony Club boot, and applied a simultaneous crack with the whip.
He bucked, and then went forward. In fact, it was what Christy experienced. Apres buck, I had a very motivated horse. He carried himself and was in front of my leg (finally.) The buck was rideable, and frankly, the forwardness was worth it. I have another lesson tomorrow. Hopefully the boss will approve.