While all of you have been at it this spring. Competing, lessoning, clinicing. I've been here just loading up the trailer and hauling my kids around to lessons, clinics and XC schoolings. That's as close to a lesson that I have gotten in a long, long while. That is, until yesterday.
I finally got to pack up the trailer for me and Steady and headed to EME for a jump lesson. I had no idea how it was going to go down because I haven't ridden in a solid 2 maybe even 3 weeks. YIKES! How has time gotten away from me? I won't go into long detailed play by play of the lesson. I will say that the more lessons I take from M the more I love her. She knows exactly what my horse and I need. It was one of the most "in control" jump experiences that I have ever had on Steady. She was trying to get me to avoid getting him strung out and running at fences. It started Ok but he did start getting too excited for the tiny x bounce we were doing. She got on him and got him sorted out then told me how to ride him. It is all about straightness. I didn't even realize how crooked he would get jumping. But if he was straight and I sat and waited to the base of the jump he was like a different horse. No more holding on for dear life, pulling and dragging to the next fence. I was actually learning to ride my horse from back to front and it was amazing. There was a whole heck of a lot of right leg involved and as soon as I would forget to use it he would immediately drift his hind end right. She told me I need to bring it back down a notch and go to some shows and just do baby stuff so I can just concentrate on having a thinking ride and not thinking about jumps. So we may be hitting up the little local hunter/jumper circuit and play around in classes with little kids...lol. Maybe I'll enter the same classes as Kelcie. Watch her and Penny beat me!
On an unrelated note but something that has been bugging me.
Has anyone else noticed how nasty the horse industry can be to itself? It is disheartening. I will just say when someone bad mouths another trainer in any way I immediately lose some respect for the one bad mouthing. Not the one they were hoping to bring down. Can I just say I don't care, how you know them, if they were mean to you, what they did to you or even how much money they owe you. Whether or not you think they are a qualified to teach it is really none of your business. It is unprofessional and tacky to spread that around the horse world like it's your job to ruin them. Damaging their reputation doesn't just hurt their business but it also hurts yours. So you are kinda shooting yourself in your own foot. I have been around long enough to know that everyone pisses off someone at some point in their life. And that we all even screw up sometimes but for those screw ups to follow us around by way of our competitions mouths. Yuck. So please unless a person has abused a horse(then I am all for you telling people) then STFU! Stepping off the soap box now.