Once Laurie got to the barn I found out she had thought I wasn't coming since I had a doctor's appointment. I kind of scratched my head trying to remember my wording in the last email I sent. I felt so bad but Laurie was very cool about it, we had a good laugh. I helped bring in the mares by taking in Brownie (aka Mystic Magic). She's a sweet mare. I had a bit of difficulty with Divine and the bridle but I think I was a little nervous with everyone moving about the barn, kind of like when I'm typing and someone comes up to my desk I can't seem to type without multiple typos! It's one of those things I guess!
I honestly don't know what to write for my lesson on Divine this past Friday. Things started well enough, she was responding to my aids and doing what I asked. Then it seemed toward the last third of the lesson she began drifting out to the gate or the railing, out of my circle again. I tried to remember the proper aids but old habits die hard. I kept lifting the outer rein and pulling the inner rein too much. A couple times Laurie told me to smack her on the side with my leg, I tried but Laurie said if I was doing it hard enough to correct Divine she should be able to hear it. She stated that often times she drops the stirrup to get a good swing. So next time, I tried that and what a wallop of a sound! I was pretty satisfied with myself, Laurie has been trying to get me to be more bossy, so the mare doesn't get bossy. I haven't used my leg to the extent I did today and now that I know how it works I can do that again if I need to. Eventually I got Divine to listen to me and do what I asked, I just wish the first part of the lesson could have continued on without the difficulty. My problem is that I don't correct hard enough when problems are small, I think I'm trying to correct but I don't think I'm doing it strong enough and Divine takes advantage, she wants to be boss.
|Silly Psylk muzzle from when I was trying to get a picture of Pstar's hooves, you can only see Pstar's chest here. Those two mares are so silly! |