|Divine...the shocked look|
|Laurie's indoor arena|
My last couple of lessons have been hard. I can't put it in any other way. I did free work, meaning off the lunge line while working with Divine on circles and figure eights. I had issues getting her into the corners the way I wanted to but eventually succeeded, albeit with an ugly "opening rein" to get the mare to listen.
|Gadiel's stall Laurie and Dan have been building for a while|
The last lesson was a lesson in tolerance for my derriere. Sitting trot no stirrups and working on having my leg way back and sitting on my crotch more to accomplish that. That laid back Aussie saddle is looking better and better! I know I have a lot of work to do on my balance, I tense up and accentuate my chances of falling off. Should I look for a older horse then? Perhaps my husbands future horse? A horse that is rock solid? Am I being a wus? I think some of my falls have created more fear than I realized. I'm going to try to work with Laurie twice a week for a bit to get this balance thing worked on but I gotta say, the legs way back and crotch sitting feel so foreign and quite uncomfortable!
|Stalls that were already existent in the barn|
I do have to realize I'm not in this to look great riding. Balance is one thing, perfect position while related to the balance is another. I don't have to be perfect. There are tons of riders that aren't perfect and do just fine safely riding. I try not too beat myself up with thoughts of "damn it why can't you do this!", "chill out and relax you ninny!" or "it's a saddle not a slip n' slide!". I have to have patience and tolerance of my weaknesses.
|Divine..."oh no you're gonna ride me again!"|
|Eksodus in the field with the mares|
|Hello little Psylk!|