Operation: Learn To Ride

oldie48

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Looking back I have spent too much time having lessons with trainers who pretty much ride the horse for me and then when I'm on my own and don't have a constant flow of instructions coming at me, I am a bit lost and I think it's more difficult to develop "feel". I'm sure I'm not the only one who has fallen down this particular hole! I do wonder if this is why the UKCC approach is focused differently. I think it's so much better to have a supervised schooling session as long as there's a good "pair of eyes" on the ground who will ask you questions when they can see something needs addressing rather than just telling the rider what to do. Ingestre sounds great, wish it was closer to me!
 

Ambers Echo

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Schooling session of 2 halves today. Lottie started feeling AMAZING. The nicest canter work I've ever had from her. Not falling in and not rushing. If only I had left it at that! Though we were only 20 minutes in by then so it did not really feel time to stop. But as soon as she has cantered once, she starts to take over more. So I re-established the trot than decided to run through the test I'm doing next weekend.

The canter in the test practice was AWFUL. Falling in and as soon as I put my inside leg on, running off in response to it. I'm sure it's an evasion. She does know what the inside leg is for. She moves off it nicely plenty of times. So maybe she was just getting a bit tired and for her it is hard staying balanced, engaged, round and upright in canter? So she falls in and instead of moving out in repsonse to the inside leg she runs from it. Anyway she was blowing through the aids so I did a few of those half halt and then straight to rein back if she ignores me exercises in repsonse to her ignoring the half halt. But she got upset. So the half halt which was her 'come back to me now' cue became a cue for her to run off. I guess out of anxiety. Great I managed to train my horse to RUN AWAY FROM a half halt. :rolleyes: Argghhhh. So I needed to stop, regroup, go back to basics with halt/walk/halt/walk/trot/walk/trot/canter/trot etc Making sure she was always calm, obedient and listening. Finished with a nice controlled canter not worrying roo much about the falling in - just getting the control back.

I am really trying to 'ride what I feel' after all those supervised schooling sesisons at Ingestre where I am encouraged to assess what is happening then correct it using my own initiative to come up with a plan. But then I have a day like today where I mess it all up and come away thinking I have de-trained my horse, made her anxious and made everything worse. Which is why I rely so heavily on lessons and set homework tasks. I have had some lessons that feel pretty awful too, but I feel less guilty that way.

Oh well, tomorow is another day.
 

palo1

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Thanks that is a very encouraging way to look at it! x
Everybody has bad days but they are never wholly bad - as Roxylola says, you learnt today. Hopefully you won't need what you learnt today next weekend but if you do, you will be glad of that opportunity!! Lottie has clearly learnt this previously so it is very unlikely that you have taught her something horrible today lol. Norty!!
 
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