Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Gonna Be All Right

Midge had Monday off, while Ginger had a farrier appointment. Ginger was the best ever for the farrier, even coming up from the pasture when I called and letting me halter her with the farrier and truck in full sight! She stood quietly and was the least stressed I've ever seen her for the farrier. Maybe her recent week of exile has made her reconsider things - she's probably thinking the farrier really isn't so bad in the grand scheme of horsey activities! Unfortunately, she trotted back out the the pasture fairly unsound in her hind end again. I was worried about that, with all the fence running and antics she was up to this past week. Fingers crossed she returns to normal shortly! If not it's time for her spring vet visit for her sweet itch anyways and I'm sure he won't mind taking another $$$$$ look at whatever is troubling her back there. My poor high maintenance girl!

Today, I took Midge out for a quick ride. My immediate impression as soon as I got in the saddle was that my quiet, happy pony is back. Yay! I took her for a quick spin to the ring, and she was pretty good. In the ring I do feel like there is a bunch of residual anxiety and tension in the form of being too quick and bracing (particularly to the right) but at least I did not have to nag for forward. There were many good moments once she started to realize I wasn't going to chase or nag her (or make her trot counterbent - oh my was she ready for a meltdown on my first right rein trot circle!). We had a lovely left rein canter, then reversed and played a bit with suppling on the right rein, before I asked (and immediately got) a right lead canter. Who says I can't get it done? :) I told her what a fantastic pony she is and she seemed to be proud of herself - she offered a lot more than she normally does! I met her halfway and rode it a little more before asking her to transition down just before we got an entire 20 m circle. We repeated that a couple of times, doing a circle or two of working trot to rebalance, then a canter. Right lead is still the more difficult one but I feel like she's catching on to what I'm looking for. Her work ethic seemed much improved so perhaps our awful weekend did come with a positive.
Happy ears in the ring


We finished with a really nice hack home. Even if we currently fail at this dressage thing, we win at having fun. We trotted and cantered along the nice grassy side of the road and it was wonderful. The weather was warm and sunny, and you know that feeling when your horse is carrying you along and is totally with you - neither pulling nor needing to be kicked on? I just had one hand on the reins and she went along on a loose rein with her ears up at whatever pace I chose - one of those moments of perfection!

I'm going to schedule an extra lesson this week with S so I can a bit more help dealing with the confidence beating the pony and I took this past weekend. While I'm pleased Bridget seems to think we're in this together, I do think her confidence in what she's doing is not as high as it once was, and my confidence in my abilities to train the little beastie is in shambles. At least after our ride today though, I'm feeling a lot more positive. If nothing else the pony and I still have each other's backs!

7 comments:

  1. Lessons are a huge confidence booster for me! Good luck in your extra lesson. You two will be great!

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    1. Thank you! I love my lessons with S - she's very positive and encouraging without being unrealistic :)

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  2. your canter along the road home sounds divine - those are the moments it's all about!! good luck in your lesson :)

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    1. Thanks! I seem to be having so many great moments outside the ring this winter. Thankful for having such a levelheaded pony to travel all the trails with :)

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  3. It's really hard, but I think you almost need to put the clinic behind you and pretend it didn't happen for a while. Maybe once you get some distance from the experience, you'll be able to incorporate some of the good things you learned.

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    1. You are so exactly right. I agree - once I can separate the emotion from it all there will be some good tidbits of advice left over!

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  4. An extra lesson with S sounds like a perfect confidence booster. Great that you and B still have each others backs and can work things through together and get a good result from what was a pretty trying experience.
    *hugs*

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