I want to thank everyone for their comments, emails and Facebook messages about the JLC clinic. It meant a lot to have everyone rally around me at my lowest riding moment in a long time. After reading everything you all had to say and doing a lot of thinking, I am feeling a lot better. The show honestly helped too - a good Dressage ride followed by doing what was right for my horse.
|Bringing him in the morning of the clinic.|
I'm over it, but for some closure for everyone, this is what I concluded:
- He saw us without a warmup, which I need right now to get him straight and on my aids. Connor does not default to either thing right now. Of course I don't ride him like he goes in the warmup for the entire ride. If I did, JLC would be right.
- I'm already working on the things he told me we needed to work on.
- Connor's not unhappy. I know that.
- He gave me a couple of good pieces of information that I'll keep. One of which was a demonstration that if my forearms are tight (they are), Connor can't feel my back muscles and listen to my core. That's what was happening here:
I won't ride with him again, and I won't dwell on the things that he said that are patently untrue either. You don't clinic with someone to be told you're doing everything right, but you also don't clinic with them to be told you're breaking your (sound and happy) horse.
The best part of the clinic was getting to spend time with my mom and getting some awesome pictures!