Friday, January 6, 2017

Getting Straight

I haven't talked a lot about what I am actually doing with Stinker lately, mostly because I am not creative enough to make our rides interesting.  All of our rides are spent getting him to work over his top line and stretching to the contact.  I spend a lot of time working on his maneuverability too.  It is all very riveting...kind of like watching paint dry.

Walking forever and always

We finally had a lesson with S again and I talked to her about some of the things I have been struggling with.  Number one is the shoulder in on the circle followed by my inability to keep him straight for more than a few strides in the trot.  My favorite dressage judge was having us do shoulder in and haunches in on a circle to help break up the tension.  It was working really well, then he figured out some new evasions and I forgot how to ride a shoulder in.

Riding not Stinker approved

I have always struggled with the shoulder in.  I don't know why it doesn't make sense to my poor little brain, but I always get terribly discombobulated.  As things fall apart, I tense and lock everything and try to shove parts around.  It comes as a terrible shock that the lock up and shove method doesn't work.  Stinker has discovered that it is far easier to let his haunches swing out and for the life of me I can't ride a circle, keep the haunches on the circle, and move the shoulder inward.  I am 99% sure if I stop trying so damn hard and just ride everything will fall back into place, but I keep trying harder and harder and the wheels keep falling off more and more.

My current plan is to ignore it for a few days and then come back when I don't have myself in as many knots over it.  Solid life solutions...ignore it and maybe it will magically fix itself.


One of our major problems with the trot, is I am not getting him straight enough and when he isn't straight he can't utilize his top line and then he hollows inverts and giraffes around.  When I do manage to get him straight he is happy to stretch down.  The problem is that is hard for him so he promptly finds new evasions.  I swear I need about four extra legs to keep him straight.  S thinks that with time and consistency it will get easier.

I went through similar phases in the walk, but for some reason it felt much easier to fix things in the walk.  Oh wait maybe it is because everything is slower in the walk... I just need to keep plugging along and working on getting him to access his top line with me in the saddle.

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  1. I can so relate to this post so it's not boring at all. I try to do something, it doesn't work so I tense and try to make it happen which makes it even worse and we fall into the spiral of doom. I have learned to accept 1-3 strides of something and then regroup. But goodness that video of his is just lovely so it's all possible.

    Right now I would be happy to canter down the long side without ending up on the centre line as she falls in!

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    1. "The spiral of doom" I love that description!

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  2. I do this SAME THING! I get myself all worked up when I can't remember how to ride something simple. It's so frustrating, but usually if I kind of ignore it for a while, it gets better.

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    1. I am really hoping that it works for me. I will get my brain reset and stop trying to make it happen.

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  3. You've identified why I write so little about my riding even when I do have saddle time...Haha. Working on the basics is kind of like watching paint dry. But it pays off in the long run, right??

    I love the Stinker GIFs 😍

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy reading about the way people do things with green horses because there are so many different things, but I feel like I lack the creativity/knowledge to really explain things like some bloggers (ahem Megan!)

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  4. Shoulder in kinda blows my mind too haha

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    1. It looks so simple and sounds so simple and then I start turning myself into a pretzel...

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  5. The good news is that if you have lots to write about, it means things are super wrong.

    So yay?

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    1. That is a very true point. The last time I complained about things being boring they promptly got very unboring and I was regretting my complaints.

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  6. I am not so great at shoulder-in! But I like to do all lateral movements with a "deadline".... for some reason that helps me get my poop in a group. I put a lot of poles all over the arena and decide between pole A and pole B I have to complete the movement. For some reason without my landmarks everything things to turn into an awkward pulling battle :(

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