Do not override your horse
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Monday, August 20, 2007 11:14 PM
My ride today didn't go really well. At least that was my impression of it. If I start to dissect it into pieces I will find many good and very good moments.
The problem I think is in the fact that I have created tension first in myself and then in my horse. Some tension is good, like a bow in a ready position. However,
I have created the one that was like a screw tightening up more and more. I have that in me, a bad habit I'm trying to get rid off. Sometimes I succeed,
sometimes I do not. I am now beginning to see the pattern. I have felt my horse getting anxious. I should have stopped but I continued longer than was
necessary. I think it was hard for me not to ask for more when Colonel was responsive and felt good. I had a terrific warm-up today and that set me up
for expecting a lot. That was wrong. There was a moment after some nice trot work when I felt I should shave topped but I wanted to do just a little more.
That was a mistake! My instructor Sharon Merkel-Beattie told me it was one of the hardest things to learn for her, to stop early when things go
well. To have a short and good ride and leave your horse feeling good and fresh. And not to squeeze every last bit of energy and good will out of him.
Thinking about all this and sharing it with you made me see my mistake better with less emotion and with more understanding.