|the barn at TM is so pretty - it's shaped like an "H" with big doors at every end and juncture, each with yet another scenic vista (or view into the indoor haha)|
|i love the shiny wood paneled walls too!|
|i tried to capture the pretty views out the windows too but the lighting was too tricky for drive-by cellphone photography haha. so.... i guess just take my word for it?|
Basically, trainer C wanted me to be really very serious about not letting Charlie's right shoulder pop out while tracking left (my own personally more difficult direction bc I don't sit down into my left leg and seat). She wanted me to think of slightly counter-bending him so that I could always see his outside eyelashes. This way he'd stop "burying" that shoulder.
|say hi, charlie!!!|
It's kinda annoying to me to still be dealing with these same issues that have been identified and explained to me over and over again... but oh well. At least all my trainers can rest assured that I'll keep 'em in work! lol...
|so freakin handsome, even if his clip is growing a little shaggy and moth-eaten with random rub marks|
It seems to happen most often right now when Charlie anticipates that I'm going to ask for canter - even when in reality I just want more trot. Trainer C encouraged me to be very clear in putting my legs on to get that 'spurt' of forward from Charlie, then leaving him alone to kinda putter out on his own. Then asking again for that 'spurt' forward. (Rather than, say, constantly nudging and carrying him forward).
|dem some SPURS, son! long and with a smooth rowel at the end. also - check out that fun footing!|
|the side eye was strong with charlie after this ride haha|
|tools of the trade: requisite dressage whip and baling twine for anchoring my wayward right hand|
DEAR GOD HOLY SHIT I'M GOING I'M GOING OH MY FUCKING GOD WHERE DID THAT COME FROM HOW IS THIS HAPPENING AHHHHHHH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I'M CANTERING
|despite having extra hooks added to the trailer, there's just never enough hooks. hopefully this other baling twine contraption lasts too!|
And suddenly we had ourselves a great trot followed by a forward-thinking left lead canter depart. Funny how that works!! Tho trainer C, who typically sits at the end of the ring, kindly asked that I turn around her end a little early in case Charlie decided to let fly with a hind leg in response to the spurs....
|nap attack for the baby horses!!!!|
Basically Charlie has to learn to move forward off the aids without thinking particularly deeply about it. Preferably off subtle and quiet aids. As Jane Savoie wrote in a well-timed blog post of her own, the "goal is to “whisper” with your aids and have your horse “shout” his response—Not the other way around!"
|whoa guys - my horse is standing almost square up front while grazing!!!|
He really is a very sensitive horse and has demonstrated a willingness to strike into canter from the most modest re-positioning of my seat and legs. As a self-described nagger, I really REALLY don't want to buy into Charlie's baiting resistance tactics and ultimately deaden him to my cues.
As always tho, the answer is being more consistent in my riding and more responsible for my aids. Le sigh. Maybe if I write that enough times, it'll become reality too?? lol... We'll figure it out eventually. And schooling rides since this lesson have been quite good!
Does your horse go in spurs? For similar reasons, or very different? Or maybe your horse would go through the roof at the merest hint of steel on his sides? How do you choose which spur is right for your purposes? Blunt or rounded vs something with an edge? Length? I'm always so curious how people choose their training aids haha.