Saturday’s ‘lesson’ with A and J was a success in that they really helped me find the ‘feel’ for the canter I’ll need at Training level. We dabbled in several different exercises, which I will do a better recap of in the next couple days.
For now, I am trying to allow their voices to fill my head- specifically the following phrases:
More canter, more engagement!
Thumbs on top! (this having to do with a following elbow/hand)
Use your outside rein, dammit! (shoulder popping is for the dance club)
Lower calf on!! (Keep the whole leg on, not just my ankle/spur kicking)
Upper body back! (pumping is *not* attractive)
(and most importantly…) You can do it!
I don’t know anything about jumping, but you guys always look so good :).
Haha we wouldn’t win any equitation awards, but thanks! 😀
You guys look great! Those are some good simple reminders 🙂
The simpler the better- it’s funny how easy it is to forget even these basic things!
Those are good voices! The voice in my head often says ‘oh jesus we’re going to die’!
Haha that’s akin to my instinctive voice which says from 2 strides away ‘oh shit oh shit oh shit’ 😉
Adam Sandler’s the Water Boy has me forever reading/saying “You can do it!” in a terrible mexican accent!!!
But you guys CAN DO IT!!!! Plus you should come back to FENCE this year!
Haha if they would do a schooling HT I would definitely be there! As it is I won’t sink dollars into a USEA membership/recognized show until I’m positive we will have a competitive chance! Any schooling opportunities that you are aware of?
Me too to all these voices! I have noticed that I sometimes pump with my upper body in the worst possible way that really just results in me bouncing up and down in the saddle and it’s horrendous!! I must stop.
You CAN do it. 😀
Oh no bouncing! No but really, it’s a hard habit to break!! Thanks for the sweet comment 🙂
Love your comment about not riding with your mouth closed! I do that to….it always bites me in the ass when I swallow a fly…or at least I hope it was only a fly!
Haha I have totally eaten fly before! Wishing I had a more flattering concentration face!
wooo hoo!! you guys look great – you can totally do it!!!! love the pointers too 🙂
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