Monday, November 22, 2010
A Little Catch Up
I love fall because even as the trees shed their leaves, the promise of spring grows. Without the bleakness of winter, there is no glory of summer.
Much has been rolling through my mind since I returned from my camp at Carol's. It was a bit of a hard learning experience for me. As it turns out, I didn't so much "take Bleu to camp" as I "didn't take Cricket." And there's where things fell apart for me. It may seem a trivial change of words but the attitude inherent in each statement is significant.
I've been in a quandary about Bleu -wondering if she really is the right "second horse." And in all that, maybe I've inadvertently put the strikes against her. As Second Horse, she sits somewhere lower than Cricket, somewhere "other." And that's not doing either of us any good. I'm still not sure but I'm taking some time and being at peace with my uncertainty.
I played with Cricket the other night and it was okay. She refuses to maintain a canter on-line and I just have no idea how to fix this. I'm tired of fighting the same fight with her over and over and over. At liberty she was better but still . . . On-line she side-waysed (is that a word?) over four parallel poles, straddling each one. Then she backed of the pole, keeping her feet on either side. Pretty cool! But she's always been good a the slow, thoughtful things - that's my precious LBI.
I jumped on her bareback and bridle-less. We rode the halt while I worked on this weird issue with the carrot stick. From the top of Zone 3, when the stick is in my left hand, if it comes towards her she bites at it. Never on the ground; never when the stick is in my right hand. 'Splain that one to me!
My biggest, funnest news is that I bought a new saddle! All the pieces just fell into place and I'll be getting a Natural Performer in about 3 weeks. It will fit both horses and I'll have a western saddle again. I can hardly wait. I'm so hopeful that this will help me advance my riding in ways I just haven't been able to do with my English.