Friday, January 2, 2015

Slightly embarassed

I took a New Years Day ride on Babes because I needed some critique worthy footage and a reason not to do my English homework. Fifi joined me, but she spent more time playing with the cat. I thought that I'd be able to use the Dressage letter cones that I found deep within the depths of the jump stack, but they have gone missing, along with the Stubben, so I had to use that same saddle that I hate the look and feel of.

I worked on rhythm, contact, and suppleness. She was super good about the contact at the walk and trot, but she was still jigging. Oddly enough, all she wanted to do was jig. She didn't want to walk, and she was ready to go, but God forbid I ask her to move out. She just wanted to jig. She's still a lot more resistant going to the right than she is to the left.

Her canter transitions weren't bad today. I still feel my upper body moving way too much, and, after watching the video, I've realized that my hands still aren't as quiet as they need to be at the trot. I catch her in the mouth a lot at both of the higher gaits, so I'll stick to a longer rein and lighter contact when the new boarder (who I can't find a nickname for and who will most likely be referred to as "the new boarder" for the next year) isn't around to help me out.

To be honest, I'm quite embarrassed by this video. I probably won't be able to ride her again for another couple of weeks.

4 comments:

  1. No critiques, I think we're always our own worst critics! I just wanted to say that was a super cute video, you guys all happy doing your thing, and some bonus barn kitty jumping too :)

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    1. Thanks! Adele is the only barn kitty that jumps, but she's special for many reasons.

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  2. nice video - she is adorable!! i need to get more videos of my flat work too, as i'm generally a bit appalled by the pics i *do* see (and why oh why can't i ever LIFT my hands???)... but like T said - we're our own worst critics and it's best not to dwell to much on what we don't like and instead focus on progressive improvements :)

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    1. Thank you! I know, I know. All the trainers tell me not to be so hard on myself, but I can't help it. Maybe I'll be more comfortable once I find my saddle.

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