So, I’ve been stuck in a rut this week. I realize it’s a little extreme to call just a few days of semi-poor riding a “rut,” but here I am.
I flew home to visit my parents and boyfriend in Georgia last weekend. It was so good to see them, and the pony got a few days off, but I really don’t feel like I’ve had a productive ride since I’ve been back.
Ignoring the numerous things I’m doing wrong, Justin feels extra stiff. I am struggling to get him round enough, authentically through the base of his neck, while engaging his hind end, and when I do finally get there he’s so heavy on the front end. We just seem to be lacking a fluid connection.
I had a flat lesson on Wednesday. This helped a lot, and we worked through a lot of lateral movement to help him bend in his midsection – which he wasn’t really doing (only bending through his neck) which caused many of the problems I described earlier. I was happy with my lesson, but normally I walk away almost ecstatic, because Allison just GETS Justin. So on our scale this was a pretty OK lesson.
The problem is – I am struggling to reproduce this at home. And, flatwork is becoming a point of tension for us both – the ring is, in Justin’s opinion right now, about the 6th level of hell.
Do any of you have mental or riding tips that help when you’re in a rut? Long trail rides? Come to Jesus moments with your pony? Come to Jesus moments with your trainer? tears? denial?
I think I’m going to go on a big hack out this afternoon… that seems to always clear my head. The ring for more than a few days in a row makes us both dizzy. Maybe next week I will see if Allison will do a training ride on him…
And now my pity party is over… If you stuck through this post – good for you! Hopefully we all have some fun rides today and this weekend 🙂