Woe Betide My Aids
|Specifically my hands. Woe freaking betide my hands.|
As a result of these failings, I’m honestly as responsible (well, probably more) for my horse’s slow progress as my horse’s own greenness and setbacks. Most of the time these failings of position, timing, or creative thinking are difficult to identify quickly and address. But recently I’ve identified a big place where I am messing up my horse’s training and am working hard to fix the issue.
|Well, issues. Bc, I have a pair of them.|
The connection between my hands and the small of my back and abdominals has been shattered. I’ve been working to get back to the gym to try to rebuild that relationship, but in the meantime I keep finding myself pulling on my horse.
|GASP! HORROR! Pulling?! NO!|
The changes in Bast’s balance since I started working with him have made some of these issues less obvious. However, as we work towards collection and require more active and submissive half halts, the need for me to stop pulling is getting more urgent. I need to be better so my horse can understand he is free to move expressively through his shoulder, giving himself the room to sit behind and step under himself. Currently he backs away from my hand in downward transition and half halts, and drops his withers and back. Eek!
|Yeah, yeah. Definitely keep pulling on him here so that he can't get out of his own way and make room for his hind end ... smart. Real smart.|
|Instead when I pull I encourage the outside shoulder to literally fall off the horse. Like pictured here. Useful.|
|How he really feels about the "half halt."|
Anyone else have a riding problem that’s causing you training woes?