Can't believe I'm writing this, but in my last lesson a week ago, my trainer said something that jogged my memory. Years ago, when the wheels were really falling off of Connor and I, she had me take two lessons on her 3rd level imported Lusitano, T.
|He was SO well-trained, you'd think these two were joined at the brain.|
T tattled on me to her for all sorts of things, but the most mindblowing thing was my left shoulder, which he taught me is always in a constant state of giving forward, so it's almost like the rein it's holding is not there. If I took it back and carried some tension in it in order to keep it there, life was good. If I didn't, he went around terribly.
|But he was a man of many talents, in addition to Dressage.|
I can't even remember what my trainer said on Thursday, but basically, in my head, I thought "I wonder if this is an inside leg outside rein problem..." which morphed into "I don't have an outside rein to put him in..." which morphed into "Oh shit, my shoulder..." which morphed into "I wonder if I'm overusing my inside rein to compensate for not having an outside rein which is why he won't get off the right shoulder and just curls his neck instead..."
Welcome to my head. Constant overanalyzing.
|Late spring/early summer is probably my favorite time of year here. Don't mind the pile of footing on the right, it's temporary.|
It worked, though, as once I pulled my left shoulder back I was finally able to get a counterbent left circle (right bend), after 20 minutes of trying to get it and trying everything under the sun. Then after a weekend of being out of town, I rode by myself on Tuesday and...
|My circle, visible in the arena that had been dragged right before I got on. Which I am partially just showing you to show off our new expanded arena that is finally in! Fence isn't back up yet.|
|Tired, tired pony after that one.|