Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Attempting breathing

Breathing is not some wild concept, and yet it's one of the things that I struggle to do consistently. It's partially because of anxiety but there's also asthma to consider.

Anyways, sitting trot & breathing just don't tend to mix for me (while we're here, I don't breathe during Russian twists either). I rode Carlos in my lesson last week, and while he's an ok ride, he does make me a bit anxious. The breathing was an attempt at making the ride go a little bit smoother, and it did. Next step is to, like, keep breathing.

Miracles are possible, but they don't appear in one lesson. I did get stiff at some point, so our canter wasn't as good as it could be. His transitions are getting better and more relaxed. When we went to jump, he was more forward than usual, so I got even more tense. He was fine to bring back down after the jump, but I'd prefer the distance not get closer at an exponential rate.

Carlos' training bra
I swapped on to Blake after Carlos and we popped over the same two fences. It was ok but could be significantly better. I'm feeling more comfortable over the fence, but there needs to be some finessing overall. Good thing I only show on the flat during the school year.

Leaving me in the dust

Friday, February 10, 2017

Oops, I did it again

See, I told myself that I would try to keep up with posts once the semester started but, HA, nah. Fortunately, this isn't as bad as the fall when I posted all of five times in September, and they were all clustered into a short time span. I did put an effort in this time around and scheduled posts. Trust me, I'm trying.

Anyways, per the vlog, team lessons started last week, and ya girl is not ready to lose her sanity every Friday. I'm trying to get my discussion section moved to Monday or Wednesday instead so I can actually make use of my Friday mornings.

The Great Lochness
Minus the rush both before and after the lesson, it was okay. Just flat. Laid back. Lots of swapping. I'm blessed to only have three other people to ride with this semester. Things are looking bright.

I started on Nessie who was fun just slow. Chestnut mare could not be bothered. Then I swapped onto Cooler who was a hot head as usual. Carlos was having a time and near ran off with me. Never have I ever relied so much on the outside rein. I finished on Blake who was in such a nice mood he gave me the Good Canter™.

Also gave me sass, but ok
After the lesson, I took my butt to studio and got hashed out by my TA again. I had my fourth desk crit on Monday, and while each one gets better, one starts to wonder if the buildings are worth it.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fashion Thursday: Take a lesson with this lumberjack who also cares about the bees

Take a lesson with this lumberjack who also cares about the bees

1. Men's Honey Bee Watch
2. Superdry Rookie Plaid Shirt
3. Norris Horween Leather Belt
4. One K™ Defender Matte Helmet
5. Ariat Volant Tall Front Zip
6. B Vertigo Men's Felix Breeches
7. Kentucky Sheepskin Half Pad Absorb

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Vlog #9: Friday's Suck

Watch me tack up an angry chestnut mare, and take a peek at my first studio project.

Song: Dreams by Manhat10

Filmed 2/3/17
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