Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yes I Have Disappeared Again

Not much to say..I'm gone for the moment, but am writing and thinking about the blogs. Hang in there.


  1. First! Okay,smack me. Just had to do it.

    Have a nice time off...I look forward to the jigging answers as my mare on occasion won't walk, but trots, and if I relax down, feels like she will take off. This is only on the trails when being spooked or going past something spooky.



  2. I get it. I've got 3 big fat papers due on Thursday and I'm itching to write a post but can't justify the time. Sad face.

    Looking forward to your next post.

  3. I'm looking forward to you being back. I learned something new and I wanted to share because it's something Mugs talked about. I know that I don't have the best feel and I've worked on it intermittently but it just never clicked.

    Sat I was taking a lesson and I started out nervous because there were a bunch of people watching. I was totally disorganized and just felt all over the place. Does any one else ever have those days? Grace was taking advantage coming off the rail and being inconsistent and quick in her gaits and poking her nose out to pull on the reins.

    Finally the assistant trainer told me to close my eyes. "Feel where your body is. See if you can feel when Grace is going to speed up before it happens and see if you can feel her poke her nose out." I closed my eyes and all of a sudden I could feel it. All of it. And when I could really feel it before she got started with the behavior I was able to correct it with a much more subtle cue.

    I'm working on how to keep that feel with my eyes open. I tried it with Tax too and nailed some transitions I was having trouble with before. Yay!

    Just goes to show I should take Mugs advice the first time she tells us to try something...

    Mugs - If you have advice on how you get your students to transition from steering with their hands too much as beginners to using their legs I'd love to hear it. In theory I know what I need to do but in practice I have a bad habit I think maybe from riding English. It makes me anxious to not have contact with the bit. I do seem better about it with my eyes closed but I don't think showing blind is going to be a trend that catches on. :)

  4. Hope you have a nice break and return refreshed and energized. Waiting patiently...