I had a great lesson on Divine today. I was on the lungeline again and Laurie had me work on my leg position again. Keeping my toes in, REALLY in is very hard, I feel like I'm twisting my legs!! Then as I posted it seemed to help when Laurie said that as I rise to "push" down with my heels. Alright, I can do that! But the toes invariably would point out a little as I asked for more trot or squeezed to keep Divine in the trot. All in all the lesson went quite well and Laurie and I high fived!
Afterwards I groomed Divine down. She is starting to shed majorly....tons of white hairs, clumps from the curry comb littered the matt below her. I gave her some carrots and giggled are her cute muzzle. She has the softest and smallest little muzzle. It's a nice gray color, no pink from markings, and perhaps that's what makes it too so soft. It's like silver velvet!
I got Pstar out of her stall and put her in the cross ties. I curried her, tons of hair in clumps showed up all over her coat, you can see them in the pictures since I had not stiff brushed her yet so the clumps were still where they lay. I used the shedding tool that Laurie has, a very useful tool indeed!
I got frustrated and ended up putting her back in her stall as Laurie's daughter came out to put Psylk in the arena. I certainly didn't want to get angry with Pstar since that wouldn't help but I'm sure she sensed my irritation and frustration. I have no idea what I did wrong or why she was being so testy. She stood stock still while I groomed her, even Divine isn't completely still while I groom her!
I left hurt and dejected. I didn't want to bother Laurie, so I figured I'd email her later. I didn't know if this was something I could get past or even why it was happening. I felt like a complete failure and questioned whether I could take on a young horse like Pstar. After Laurie responded to my email I felt much better. She mentioned it was a young horse thing and a new person thing. Though Pstar knows me she doesn't really trust me just yet and that would come in time. I guess my question is how can I work on the lungeline without picking her hooves? Couldn't that injure her if there is a rock and I haven't been able to work with her hoof to get it out? I'll just have to see how Pstar is the next time I'm out there. The lease is for 6 months and in that time it will be great that Laurie will be right there with me to coach me as I work with Pstar and build the relationship.