Monday, July 14, 2014

The Heavy Horse and Painful Ring-Finger (A Cautionary Tale)

Well sadly, one of our team is on the injured list. For once, though, it is not the horse. Nope, it's this guy ...
Yep. That sad little ring finger ...
(Man. I do have the ugliest couch in the world.)
Remember how I was talking about trying to eradicate pulling from my list of riding faults? Well, that's become even more necessary as I've developed a painful case of bursitis in my right ring finger. You see, Crooked Horse has become very dependent on my right rein to hold him up when he becomes unbalanced, and I've been allowing him.

Silly me. That ends now.

We're in a difficult training phase right now. It's filled with spectacular horse tantrums, fraying rider patience, crookedness, fishtailing, and the occasional "pee-your-pants-it's-so-damn-good" moment. We ride for the moments.

Tantrum ho! Note the jammed neck, kicking hind leg, stuck shoulder, and my confused and sad left hand? Classic us.
So? Why all the dramatics?

We're at the point where Guinness needs to learn to sit with his hind end when I ask him to. When I sit on him right now, he tends to fishtail his hind end, pop a shoulder, lock his neck, or one of a thousand other evasions. Eventually, he'll throw me off balance and we'll get into a pulling match. I have to stay calm and sit this period out. He'll figure it out, and stop being so dramatic. And then, boom! We'll have great collection.

As Nancy said on Saturday, "Austen, someone has to be the adult in this relationship."

Dammit. I hate being an adult.

10 comments:

  1. Boy I can relate!! You're not alone! :)

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    1. It helps a ton to know that tantrum throwing and other issues are not uncommon! :)

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  2. Haha, it always gets worse before it gets better. :-)

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    1. Oooh! He was! He actually reared and spun, nearly falling on me after this photo was taken. I ended up on the ground, in an attempt to avoid being a casualty of a spin/flip.

      Horses.

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  4. lol I hate being the adult too! stick with it and it will work.

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    1. Thanks for the confidence! It's so hard to step up to the "adult plate" every day.

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  5. When I was first really struggling with Vallu my trainer said "Rosa, someone has to be the clever one in this relationship." Tough times, but the pee-your-pants-it's-so-damn-good moments make it totally worth while! Keep working on it, it'll be sooooo good afterwards :)

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    1. Those trainers! Always after us to step up and actually ride! ;) Yes, those moments are just ... amazing! I want more of them!!

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