At least he is cute!
My video lesson from last week was really good. Stinker was fantastic, but I was unhappy with my riding. I have been struggling with my balance lately and it is starting to wear on my confidence. I think the problem is stemming from my hips. They have been more out of whack than normal and it is starting to cause problems with my lower back.
I am a little obsessed with my bridle.
This weekend Stinker wasn't as on point as he has been. He was more reactive than normal and I couldn't ever get him to his happy place. Our trot work was a huge reversion and I felt like I didn't even have a shot because I couldn't get myself under control. It was a very frustrating ride and I finally ended it on a semi decent note because all I wanted to do was cry (dramatic I know).
Stinker is getting better at waiting.
After I had time to think about things (aka eat a bag of potato chips and sulk), I realized I was actually mad at myself and the fact that I felt like I wasn't able to ride. Ok I will admit poor D got a message that said something along the lines of I am a failure I can't ride my horse *crying face* (so dramatic).
Hill work makes for a tired Stinker.
Once I had my pout fest and got my shit back together I actually had a really good ride again. I had no expectations and was just riding the horse I had and he rose to the challenge. Now if I can just keep myself in check and remember that not everything is going to be perfect but I can ride my horse and we will keep improving.