As equestrians we can all be like the swinging pendulum some times. Maybe even a tad Bipolar-ish. You know...one day it's "oh my god I suck, my horse has taken ten steps back , I will never get good again, I should just retire." Then three days later we are all like "I had the lesson of my life, my horse is amazing, we are on track for the Olympics." Sound familiar?
Last month when I took baby Monster to the local show to school I was feeling a little like the first scenarios. He was just not the forward ride I enjoy. I told trainer I was open to selling him as I think he is meant to be a hunter. Then my favorite holiday happened (DLS) and things are changing. Monster is back to regular work. It's almost like starting over with his under saddle work due to the inconsistent work over the winter. That in itself was frustrating but then we had a light bulb moment last night. It didn't take long to get him moving softly into my hand and forward. Yes forward in front of my leg. And stay there! He was better to the left than right but we were able to end with maintaining this forward trot both directions. The light bulb hasn't gone off at the canter yet. Key word yet. It will, I know it. I have been focusing on this at the trot for just a week and have made so much progress. Yes, we have only walked and trotted for a week. Why
move on to the next gait until we are at a comfortable point at the previous one? Last night we cantered and worked briefly on moving in front of my leg. His head was up and he was wiggly. Once I have him going in front of my leg I will work on head position and the wiggly stuff will also go away as he gets more comfortable.
I ended my ride last evening with that awesome top of the world feeling we all know. That feeling we strive for and that keeps us motivated during the darker times. I am so proud of baby Monster. Not only for his progress under saddle but look how grown up he looks!
What about you, do you swing on the pendulum? Come on, fess up!