With shopping for the holidays, a busy work schedule because everything needs to get done before the holidays, and lots of parties celebrating the holidays, things have been hectic. Yesterday was a particularly difficult day because of work deadlines, but I was still able to make it to the barn in between emails, and I’m glad I did.
PJ was fantastic. During my lessons I always do what I’m told. Sometimes I shouldn’t do that. Sometimes I need to stop what I’m being asked to do to fix an issue and then go back to doing whatever it was. When I ride by myself, I automatically adjust what I’m doing with the moment. So the leg yield isn’t working. Why? Well, he’s not moving over. Okay, so do a 10-meter circle to get his hind legs under him and then go back leg yield. Yesterday, I just worked through his issues, concentrating on fixing one thing at a time (moving over, going forward, shoulder leaning, etc), and then it happened…We had the perfect half-circle. I know, it doesn’t sound like much but it felt so amazing and looked great in the mirrors too. He was stepping correctly; the contact felt great; my position was correct; he was moving forward.
I left the barn with a smile on my face, ready to meet whatever challenge ahead. Happy holidays everyone!