I rode Rosie last night and though she was a good girl, I felt like we took a step forward and two steps back. She’s still giving me troubles with her left lead when I’m riding her by myself. I’ve come to the point where I’ve ruled out soundness issues (her back seems fine, she isn’t off, we’re using the same tack we’ve been using for years, her hooves seem sturdy) and I’m 90% certain that it’s something with the way I’m cueing her with my body. We never used to have any issues getting her left lead, but now she’s taking the wrong lead over and over and when I do successfully get the left lead she breaks down to the trot after half a circle and swaps. I really think that my body is wrong. I’ve been having issues with my flexibility & mobility in my hip flexors and I think it’s either that I’m not putting my left leg far enough back, not pushing my inside leg forward enough, not putting enough weight to the outside, or my body is crooked. It’s why she thinks that she should swap. This is my theory, anyway. My trainer said I should start with the bad lead first and I totally forgot to do this yesterday. Oops!
I caught up with my trainer after the ride when I was cooling her out and she offered to hop on her this Friday since I’ll be out getting Lasik (woo!). I leaped at the opportunity, because I’d love to see if this is something I’m doing wrong or if it’s something else. I’m frustrated and yesterday I was definitely kicking her all over and yanking on her face and I realized that we’re really not getting anywhere with me having a temper. I decided to ride her around the farm for the first time and she did great. She’s still not sure about the colorful jumps in the jumping arena, but it was great to get her walking around and seeing the world outside her pen. I’m bummed out that I have to miss a lesson this week, but I really think Rosie needs a pro to hop on her and make sure I didn’t screw her all up! Plus I need to sleep all weekend to heal up my freshly lasered eyes. =D---------------
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