Every once in a while, I have one of those lessons in which I feel like the new information hits me so hard and so fast and I make so many changes that I know I won't fully implement the changes before my next lesson. I just subconsciously "do" and can't consciously process it fast enough. But she'll remember. And over time, those changes will become automatic.
|My lesson last night was actually in the outdoor, but have some random pictures I haven't shared yet.|
I forgot my gloves last night. I blame our housemate/basically my brother Mark, who asked if he could bring my dogs to the barn and watch my lesson, so I was distracted. (Fun fact: Mark is Liz's friend from college in West Virginia. I met him at CrossFit. The blogging world is small, yo.)
|I totally did not do this trendy double arrow design on purpose, but I may in the future. The bottom arrow is from the first clip, and the top one is from the second clip, when I decided I wanted a higher point.|
Because I forgot my gloves, I assume, my trainer's laser vision went to my day-glo white hands and stayed there the entire lesson. She got onto me for:
- Always having my right hand higher than my left hand
- Pulling back in my arm for rein cues rather than using my fingers
- Having the rein too close to my palm
- Having too much tension in my ring and middle fingers instead of my index finger and thumb
- Pulling him around turns using the reins rather than pushing him around turns using the reins
- Not using my seat to slow him down *
The asterisk is because normally I don't have a problem with that, BUT, at the beginning of my lesson the BO's daughter's fiancee started playing fetch with the new barn dog, a year-old Bernese Mountain Dog that weighs more than I do, right next to the arena. Connor just about lost his shit over that, and never really settled down afterwards. So, I'm going to take a pass on that one, knowing we got that under normal circumstances.
|This dog is 110lbs of GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO all the time.|
The good news is, I have lessons on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday this week and the next thanks to the two-lesson-a-week policy and not being able to take more than one the last two weeks due to scheduling, so we'll get a hands bootcamp. There's no better time to make a big positional change than in the middle of six lessons in two weeks.