I am frustrated that I didn't get to this sooner simply because it helps me keep my mind focused on the recently absorbed information. Ideally I would have put this all down on paper the day after my lesson but now it is a week and a day later and I am finally getting to it. I had some extremely important breakthroughs in my lesson with Lee Ann Zobbe.
#1 I feel like gumby riding pokey sometimes with Steady's bendy neck. It is hard to get a straight line when a horses face and head can be facing an entirely different direction than the direction that their body is moving in. I have been told before that this was happening but was not given real clear instructions on how to correct the problem. I am a reactive rider and try to fix the problem but with no success. This is the point that we spent much of my lesson on. I would be riding to a fence and Lee Ann would yell "is he straight?" I and I would yell back "no!". But then continue on to our jump then land and head toward the next one in worse shape than the first. So Steady's head is facing right but his body is drifting left. My reactive riding brain says "no I don't want him to go left. Pull right, pull right. Wait it isn't fixing the problem! Shoot now Lee Ann is yelling. We are getting closer and he is still crooked. Shoot she is still yelling. What is she saying? She is saying left rein I don't want him to go left must use right rein. She is yelling louder, "LEFT REIN!" Ooops that jump was awful since we were so crooked. What the heck is wrong with us?" This repeated itself multiple times before Lee Ann finally said, "do you not know your right from your left?". She was being dead serious BTW not sarcastic. I frustratedly laughed and answered "yes I do" She said "oh, I only asked because some people struggle with that and it seems everytime I say right you use left."
Has anyone ever seen the movie Cars? You know the part where Doc is trying to teach Lightening Mcqueen to race on the dirt track? Doc tells LM on the turn if you want to go left, turn right. Then LM laughs and tells Doc he is crazy and says "Yeah, maybe in opposite world!" Then he proceeds to try again again doing it his own way before he finally gives in and tries what Doc says and it works! Well that was me. I could not wrap my brain around the idea that if I want him to go right then I need to use my left rein.
Lee Ann taking the reins to show me what to do.
I touched on the fact that I am a reactive rider and that really causes most of my problems. So when something is happening that I know shouldn't be happening the process my brain goes through is something like this, "No that is not right, I don't want that to happen, stop doing that, this just is not working, no, no, no." So my mind is saying that so you can imagine what my body is doing. A good rider should be proactive and the brain process should sound more like, "this is happening, but I want this. Not that, but this, do this, do this, do this." Then your body is giving direction not just attempting to put a stop to the unwanted behaviour. I need to spend time retraining my brain to be proactive and not reactive. I think alot of times the problem is that I know what behaviour I don't want and know what actions I do want but just don't know the right way to get them and that is where is all starts to go down hill. The number one reason lessons are SO important for me and my horses well being.