The lesson started with some ground poles. Long term readers will know Ginger and I have had some interesting times when there are extra items in the arena, so you can imagine the look on Ginger's face when she saw this:
|Circle of death with a |
|Today you just get a bunch of recent randoms of Ginger that I (probably) haven't posted yet,|
Midget, on the other hand, had a meltdown. So discouraging after our productive trail rides this week. Forward was again a huge issue, as was bending. We got it done, but the pony had her ears pinned and her nasty face on the majority of the lesson. Not exactly fun for anyone!
We switched up and I rode Ginger and had a decent ride. I'm still struggling with tension and not having the right 'feel' on her - I want to be too passive. S encouraged me to ride Ginger "like you ride Bridget!" which was exactly what I needed to hear and we had some better work at the end. And we totally kicked that pattern's butt and had fun. Goodbye, pole phobia! I've been feeling a little down about my riding so it was nice to have a big (for me) win.
After talking with S about the upcoming clinic, she encouraged me to take Ginger rather than Bridget. Her logic was that I'll learn more on Ginger, could use more help with Ginger, and will have more fun on her. Ginger is the more established horse and the one that could benefit the most from fine tuning. She is worried Bridget is still green and there isn't much a pro is going to be able to teach that we aren't already working on. Bridget is also so hot and cold she also might not bring her "A" game on the day and I'd be paying a very large sum of money to put on a demo of what a very stubborn pony looks like.
Logically, I know that all makes sense, but I've been practicing so much with Bridget I'll admit to being super disappointed about S's thoughts re Bridget not being 'at that level' or even worse, possibly not putting in an honest effort for me. It's not that I don't think she's right, it's just discouraging that it's not just me thinking it! We're going to keep playing around with some ideas to try to get Ms Bridget convinced ring work can be fun, but for now I think she is right in worrying a clinic with Bridget isn't the best use of my dollars.
So that leaves me scrambling a bit mentally. I wanted to take the easy way out and keep the fear demons at bay by bringing Bridget. I'm starting to feel fairly comfortable again riding Ginger in my own little bubble, but the big bad world still feels a little intimidating! Since we need to trailer in and spend a couple of nights away from home, it would be all around just easier to bring the laid back and adaptable Bridget! S is right though, Ginger is the one I need to 'cowgirl up' and take if I really want to take advantage of the opportunity. I'm anxious, but pretty excited at the same time.