Not A Fast Learner
In many areas of my life, I'm a pretty quick learner.
I'm a very fast reader, I can master new computer programs in record speed, and most tasks only take a few repetitions for me to get down pat. Anything I'd like to learn, I can teach myself in fairly short order.
Except, it seems, riding.
I've been doing it for 22 years now, and I still mostly suck. The journey towards adequacy is a long, long road.
Case in point, YOU'D THINK by now that I would have a solid understanding of how to put my pony on the outside rein at all gaits and ask him to move through over his back. We've been doing this dressage thing a while now, and even showed at First without totally embarrassing ourselves. In theory, this is a thing that I should be able to do at this point without much thought.
But it took me nearly 40 minutes of riding the other night to figure out that, especially in the canter, Dino needs me to release with the inside rein while keeping my leg on and my core solid and supportive to allow him to really use his back. Not, as I'd been doing for years, releasing my inside rein, belly dancing, leaning forward, and dropping our collective balance down a hole. Or just hanging on both reins for dear life and jamming him into a frame with my seat and spurs. Both of those techniques get me a pony who might appear "on the bit", but the restless, tense chomping of his mouth gives away the truth of his lack of roundness and throughness.
|"Get it together, woman"|
Ah. So, this is how we do the dressage.
Perhaps in another 22 years I'll have learned a bit more.