Viva Carlos - 2-point-ober Results
I squeezed into the upper ranks of the 2-point challenge (barely) with my last ditch effort of ten and a half minutes of 2-point. My coach was giving another lesson at the time, and the young girls were in awe of my feat. Coach would periodically glance at me and say, “You’re still at it?” and left me with a final “Your position looks nice and solid!”
|you want me to do what?|
I think she started to become the Psycho Mare to me when the steering would randomly fail. Not an uncommon thing in the young/green horse. However, it did mean that I had to warn everyone I was riding with… New gait = steering loss. *shrug*
When I introduced her to jumps, she proved herself to be very brave and willing! Once she discovered that jumps come in sets of “more than one”, she really started getting into it!
That was when we hit our first major plateau that would last for months. My enthusiasm tempered as the canter failed to improve. Some days it felt like we were going backwards. I rode with anyone who was available to share their knowledge with me. I tried adjusting my saddle fit. I tried a bunch of different exercises. I tried making her tired first.
Finally, I tried a massage, which proved to be a first step in a better direction!
Why can’t this pony balance in the canter? What is wrong with my riding?
This pony is so frustrated. Why can’t we communicate more clearly?
This pony is so relaxed! She is going to be amazing!
This pony is so easy! We are on the right track!
This pony is getting stronger, but we’re not improving. What is wrong with my riding?
This pony will pack kids! She’s so perfect!
|exploring western, too - fuzzy horse show, here we come!|
|I'll take unicorns when I have them, though!|
|Yeah. We did this!|