|Checkers is shedding and saying spring is due, already!|
We did a whole lot of two point at the walk and trot, and a bunch of sitting trot and circles/serpentines to warm up. Only a little bit of canter work to warm up since we go one at a time for that - the indoor is only so big with 3-4 of us in there plus the jumps. As mentioned Checkers has a huge stride so it's a relief to just take a turn and not to have to continously navigate around the other horses. No points for originality at this barn though - it was the exact same lesson as Wednesdays, including the jump course. Since Wednesday night's lesson wasn't my finest hour I was OK with getting a second chance.
I was happier with my riding. I do feel like I'm getting more and more confident and that's the key to everything, really. I know there is a capable and decent rider inside me but it's been a little hard to find her of late! I'm already at the point where mentally I'm starting to feel pretty darn good about things (thank you, Checkers!) - now it's a matter of making my body believe it and forget being quite so tense when things don't go exactly to plan.
Takeaways from the last couple of lessons - like many, when I feel overfaced/tense up I drop my hands and my heels creep up. Both are really easy for me to see and feel that I'm doing, because it does actually feel awkward to ride like that and puts me in a weaker position. So, my hands have turned into a visual reminder for me to relax. And yes, I can remind myself I need to relax and it works lol - I envision what I must look like with little T-Rex arms clamped uselessly to my sides:
|T-Rex, sorry, but you have no place in riding either|