Ever have one of those days where you just can't ride?

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Don't think it helps I'm so tired
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jumped Pidge last night and he was really good and we jumped 3' without even thinking about it
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However tonight he was so keen it was very tiring
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first couple of canters were quick
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and then eventually after taking a break for a couple of mins we did some reasonable work.
However feel really peed off about this flatwork lark, is it too much to ask just to be able to canter round in a reasonable outline and reasonable pace
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Pidge sometimes is to clever and anticipates an exercise we are working on and pops himself into canter when we get to the point where I'm thinking of asking for it!
Sorry for rambling but am so tired, fed up, mentally exhausted from having 2 job interviews this week, would love to have the time to go food shopping or do the housework as the house is a pit and now I can't even ride
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Take the pressure off! Yesterday I had a bloody awful ride, P was argumentative and the more I pushed it, the more I was riding badly, the more she reacted, etc, etc, etc, so I ended my ride and put the session away and rode this morning and started afresh. It would be wonderful if every ride was the perfect picture of woman and beast joined in perfect harmony, sadly that is rarely the case!
 

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don't know how to Lou as if I don't do things they don't get done
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Just fed up of doing everything for myself I suppose and this then reflects on my riding
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Doesn't help that I know if I could ride better a lot of Pidge's problems would disappear
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I just can't see us ever mastering the canter
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Yeap quite often!
Now i just tend to end the session on the best i can start again the next day .As i have worked out it is doing neither of us any good to carry on!
 

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yep
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,more often that not
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,well not strictly true,not doing too badly at mo!!
Had same with my lad...very clever,tried long time ago to teach flying changes...only did it on a couple of occasions and the little beggar started skipping and messing about quarter of the way across the diagonal,lol...he also learnt that after we had done canter work we had finished
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..my fault...have now got over this and the amount of varied work i have to do to stop him anticipating what is next is unbelievable.lol....however when out hacking i can say to my followers and....(he has stopped all ready,pmsl)down to walk!!
Tomorrow is another day
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,we all have them!!
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I try not to think of it like that! I make mistakes whilst I'm riding, everyone does, but I try hard not to think of it in the way of "I can't ride!" (however true that may be!) It becomes a vicious circle and is extremely demoralising!
If things are going wrong, move on, find something to do that doesn't go wrong! The more you concentrate on something the worse it will get!
Horse riding is fun, otherwise why do we do it, of course you want to get better, but don't lose sight of why you ride in the first place!
Hen anticipates canter sometimes, as soon as he starts doing it, he doesn't canter until he will do all his trot/walk/halt/direct transitions without even the slightest hint of canter. If that doesn't happen then we just won't canter for that session.

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Edited after reading your other posts - You have to not think of it as "If I don't do it, it won't get done" otherwise you are piling pressure on yourselves to be amazing! Sometimes things (especially horses!) have to get alot worse before they get better!
If it's any comfort, I can guarantee you me and my horse are far worse when it comes to canter!
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I know and I'm such a bad mum as I get so frustrated I then tell Pidge off which is usually just a slap of the reins on his neck as he is a sensitive soul
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and then we have a chill out for 5 minutes. However this makes me feel even worse as I know its me that causes the problems not him and then I feel crap for telling him off
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Just feel like I don't deserve him and he deserves someone who would appreciated him better than I do
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Because of this I try to vary the work we do as does my instructor, yet tonight he was so up for it, and after only two shallow loops at trot with cantering on the first part in counter canter he knew what he was doing and popped himself into catner the 3rd time
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Sis tried to help by reminding me that is only just a year since he had the all clear from his hock spavin and to be grateful he is sound and obviously fit and well, but it is just so tiring at times
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ooh dear
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see Pidge loves his canter but a quick canter so would rather razz round than go nicely in a reasonable outline! Sometimes we get it right and its lovely and then other times its eeep
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Because of this I try to vary the work we do as does my instructor, yet tonight he was so up for it, and after only two shallow loops at trot with cantering on the first part in counter canter he knew what he was doing and popped himself into catner the 3rd time
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Sis tried to help by reminding me that is only just a year since he had the all clear from his hock spavin and to be grateful he is sound and obviously fit and well, but it is just so tiring at times
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we all have them...and he will sense if you not completely with it
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they all do...best thing is to work on something that is going well and finish on a good note
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,if i am in a mood(or not in the right frame of mind) i dont even get on my boy these days,lol,lunge instead...i too have lost my temper with my boy in the past and felt as guilty as hell and it was all down to the way i felt
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poor boy...these days if things not going well i go back to what he was doing well and get it going real well and call it a day....as i said above 2morrow is another day
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Horses are horses hon and we can have this for weeks
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...but you will get there
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You've not seen our canter then
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I can assure you it's terrible!

One of my last test sheets said "Lovely walk and trot, but he really doesn't like canter does he!" I just had to laugh and agree!
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snap,lol...we had a great canter and shitty trot...now we have an awesome trot and canter gone tits up???
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bloody horses,lol
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now have to work sooooo hard at the canter...feels like we getting nowhere but it will come
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(lose trot again then,pmsl
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Ever have one of those days where you just can't ride?

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Frequently!
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But hey, every day is a new day
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so please don't get hung up on one day. I think the best thing is to just go and enjoy yourself for each ride, without worrying too much
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Remember, we do, do this for enjoyment
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well he definately knew something wasn't right as when going round at trot his ears were back rather than flopped to the side
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I do think however I'm trying too hard as have got a mini ODE next weekend and need to do canter in a dressage test
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so am getting worked up about that already
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I now Pups and to think it's only a year since he had the all clear from his hock and to see how fit and well he is and how much he is loving life I should be singing from the rooftops! However I just feel like I'm letting him down by my riding and he could do so well if I wasn't riding him
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I have this when I am really tired too. I usually battle for a while and then realise I am doing more harm than good so get off and leave it for another day!
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*gives Pidge a hug*

Someone's signature on here says
"there are only two emotions that belong in the saddle: patience and a sense of humour"
I try and remember that when I ride! I think I need a lot of both because a) I can't actually ride and b) Murphy is a clever little monster.

Last night he was being argumentative in the school and wouldn't listen to me, so I took him out in the fields, made him work properly for 10 mins and then went for a blast and jumped some logs. Sometimes I think it's better just to leave it for that day and come back afresh.

Don't put yourself down so much, he always looks so happy in your pics and at the end of the day, all that matters is a healthy, happy horse and a smile on your face.
 

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Oh all the time! Last night was one of those occaisons - went for hack and despite everything I tried she would NOT listen to me (think u-bend outline and marching), kept shying really violently and was just generally awful - instead of sorting her out I rode like a complete tit!

Actually all our hacking seems to be like this lately - the schooling on the other hand is getting better and better. So know how you feel!!
 

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thanks Bex
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hug much needed
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Don't put yourself down so much, he always looks so happy in your pics and at the end of the day, all that matters is a healthy, happy horse and a smile on your face.

[/ QUOTE ] thanks for noticing that it's made me smile
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Read your sig!!! Not that the first part was ever true. Take him out for a hack, with your sisi if that helps, chill and have fun. I'm leaving work early to do just that and think you should too.
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i do all the time especially today as i was jumping with one of the YM daughters and the other one(my instructor) was watching and i could not ride at all
tabs was getting stressed and instead of calming myself down (i hate people watching me)i was getting very tense so i just decided to get a nice trot then finish and book myself some lessons

p.s mine and tabs canter is by far the worse!
 
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