View Full Version : What a great day - I've turned the corner at last!
Old but trying!
4th Mar 2003, 09:21 PM
I am walking on air tonight. I had a wonderful ride today. My instructor took me our for a hack on our own and things just seemed to fall into place. In the school I seem to struggle to keep going, I tense up and try to think so hard about everything that I should be doing that I can't relax. Its a vicious circle really but today the sun was shining and the birds were singing and all went right with the world. We trotted through the fields for ages and in the school I can hardly manage 4 strides without coming to a grinding halt! I have no desire to canter yet needless to say.
I think my instructor is a saint, she is so patient and encouraging. I can't wait till next week. I want to tell everybody, I am so happy. How can I recreate that feeling in the school? Why should there be such a difference? Do others feel the same?
Bye for now.
4th Mar 2003, 10:04 PM
My advice would be to soak up the glory of the day - don't try to consciously re-create it in the situations you find more taxing at the moment. I say this because that is what I think most of us do and then we tie ourselves up in knots and then, and then.................
SOOOOOOOOOOOO, don't even think about it (because you are already blaming yourself because you can't trot for long or do xyz etc etc).
You will get lots of other replies which will be much more practical in nature. e.g. School horses can be difficult to "keep going" in trot in the school etc. etc. AND this is true in some cases. However, my concern is that you enjoy what you do and don't end up like many of us have in anguish most of the time doing something we actually love doing - isn't that a paradox.
Be really brave and go against the grain - take things REALLY slowly and enjoy every little bit. Don't think things aren't right because you don't want to canter yet. Don't think that you are to "blame" if you find trot more difficult in one situation than another. I expect even some of the very experienced experience different degrees of difficulty in different situations with different horses. The real difference I think is that they accept that and we, when we are learning, so readily blame ourselves instead of accepting that that's how it is - it's part of the learning curve which can be fun.
4th Mar 2003, 11:29 PM
:) its fun.
Anyway, were you ridding your school horse out on the hack, if so maybe he's much happier out of the school.
Learn to relax more in the school, the only way I achieved this was to have private lesson, my instructor said Iwould never be Harvey Smith 'wich' did make me laugh;) , she never asked me if thats who I would like to be!!
I never did any cantoring in school because so many fell off, my 1st canters were all steady uphill canters in the great outdoors on horse who knew my ability, two and a half years its taken me to do gallop, and I could not be more happy it took me this length of time to do that:)
5th Mar 2003, 12:40 AM
It is harder to keep going and turn than it is to just go straight. You could be slowing down as the horse anticipates a turn and doesn't want to go around it at a trot. Also, it's true the horse could be bored in the arena; horses are often a lot more energized in less familiar surroundings.
Sounds like you had a shining gem of a day :) One of those rides to treasure.
5th Mar 2003, 01:46 AM
It's wonderful to hear that you had such a great time. I too think there is something fun, stimulating, and "real" about hacking out that often makes things go more smoothly. I think the horses probably feel the same way. I can't wait until our weather eases up a little so I can get out myself.
19th Mar 2003, 12:13 PM
I know a lot of competitors who couldn't do what you did, just have fun outside with the horse. They are ok in an enclosed space but terrified to take the horse out. Well done! :D
Why do you have to canter if you don't want to? It's a bit like saying because your car can do 120mph you have to do it!:D
19th Mar 2003, 06:08 PM
At one point years ago I was having trouble with my halts. My instructor gave me all kinds of advice and I tried but nothing seemed to be working. The horse was really well trained and very responsive. The instructor was great. I just could not get it all together. Talk about frustrating. Finally my instructor said "Don't do anything, just think halt". So I did and the horse halted beautifully and I never had a bit of trouble afterwards.
I was so wrapped up in the nitty gritty that I got bogged down. When I relaxed and just did what came naturally it worked.
Your hack was probably a bit of the same. You do know how to do it you just think too much. Good luck.
19th Mar 2003, 09:56 PM
I think thats what is called 'trying too hard', one of my many faults.
Sounds as though you had a dream hack, so pleased for you. L
Old but trying!
19th Mar 2003, 10:00 PM
Thats really a coincidence bac, my instructor said just the same thing to me this week. 'Stop trying so hard, just relax and let things happen' and it does seem to work, trouble is that I start trying again and we are back to square one! Still we can't all be perfect can we , I enjoy my lessons and certainly enjoyed the hack I'm sure it will all come together in time.
Rusk, I just love being on a horse, we do not always achieve what I hope to but there we go! Tequila has a mind of her own too and hey its a free country. I take your point about the canter issue, believe me I am not hurrying to cross that bridge yet. We have a quiet relaxed relationship, I think all that racing around is not really for us yet, we want to see the birds and the trees (and occassionally count the blades of grass!) AT least that is my story and I'm sticking to it.
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