Because it finally decided to snow in Idaho, and because the snowstorm was quite significant, and because the road to the barn blows like crazy creating zero visibility, my weekly lesson was cancelled last week. No big deal until I realized I only had two lessons left on the mare and really, really, wanted those two lessons.
So, Sarah squeezed me in for two lessons the following week. I opted to do one dressage and one jumping. And because neither lesson would be working towards something bigger, I was a bit lost as to what I wanted to work on. For like a minute.
Then I was like “Lets do upper level movements and not worry about everything being perfect all the time!”
Weirdly, my perfectionist of a trainer was not really into that idea, but agreed to do some upper level movements and we would do them well.
Macy was great during warm up, despite the fact that Sarah was riding Georgie in the arena with us (more on that later). BTW having your instructor on a horse during your lesson is amusingly annoying. For one thing, they’re way more mobile- she could come to the end of the arena with me or have whatever vantage point she wanted easily, making it way more difficult for me to slack off at any point during the lesson.
But clearly, we had to get a picture of the two of them. Sarah hasn’t ridden Georgie since she injured herself, and I didn’t ride Macy before the injury, so we’ve never been on each other’s heart horses at the same time 🙂
So here was the great part about the lesson. I can finally understand not only what the horse should be doing, but what I should be feeling. I understand that in order to do shoulder in, I need to do about 50 other things before we even think about coming up center line, and I need to feel the horse doing them underneath me because if I don’t, the movement is not going to work. At all.
We had another aha moment about my hip as well. I naturally carry my left hip and shoulder forward. If I make a point of thinking of keeping my left hip and shoulder back, Macy immediately responds. I can actually get her to be straight easily. But the problem is, it’s really tough and moderately painful, to ask my hips to be flexible. But still! It was a great aha moment!
The lesson was so good that at the end I proclaimed I wanted to skip jumping for the next lesson, and do more dressage. It was that fun and I really, really, felt like Macy and I had made huge strides. I didn’t want it to stop!
But then I got home and realized, if I don’t jump Macy in the next lesson, when will I ever jump again?????????? So, while I really enjoyed this lesson, I couldn’t forgo jumping.
I’m kinda just in denial that this was our last dressage lesson. Man this mare has taught me a lot and been such a school master on so many levels. I’m just going to pretend that it isn’t ending, because right now, that thought makes me very sad.