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About that forward thing…

About that forward thing…

Okay, so maybe that’s still a work in progress. My lesson on Tuesday went quite well overall. I started my course with a decent forward pace and none of the jumps (2’3″ – 2’6″) looked intimidating to me at all. We cantered up to a vertical and I didn’t see a spot, so naturally I pulled for the add and my horse was like “Trot?” and it was kinda fugly. Well, that wasn’t amazing but we recovered fine and no harm…

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Forward (and Straight)

Forward (and Straight)

My ego with riding continues to be bruised, but I’m not a quitter. I’m officially doing the schooling show next weekend instead of the originally planned two day show this weekend. Bonus points for saving a lot of money? That’s how I’m pitching it to myself. I also got bumped from the jumper lesson (hopefully temporarily) this weekend, since the more experienced girls needed to prep over bigger fences for the show this weekend. I mean even if I’ve been riding…

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Not a Linear Process

Not a Linear Process

If I let myself, I could get really depressed about my riding right now. We are no where near the level we were last fall. The shows I had planned on doing this spring and summer (even the one next week) are seeming out of grasp right now. I’m totally the remedial rider in the lesson group, and there are lots of instances where I’d gasp watching me ride. My ego is shriveling up and dying, but my self esteem…

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How to Start Getting Your Mojo Back

How to Start Getting Your Mojo Back

I’ve had several lessons and good rides since ‘the incident‘, but even so nothing has felt quite normal.  Either I’ve been worried or Simon has seem worried (most likely because I am). I’ve been riding defensively and either going too fast, too slow, leaning or getting left behind.  Nothing tragic has happened, but nothing has really felt good either. The derby ended up getting entirely cancelled due to rain, which I have mixed feelings about.  However after my lesson on…

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Making Amends

Making Amends

I walked to the barn for my lesson last night with my positivity hat on.  I also immediately walked to a lovely group of barn ladies enjoying Sangria, and I had a glass. I figured Sangria could only help our situation. (P.S. I have no media so enjoy these random faces of Simon while I tried to take a picture of his new bonnet I made) Simon brought his A-game too.  He actually trotted up to me in the pasture, which…

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Falling Back Into Fear

Falling Back Into Fear

I came off yesterday. It was the first jump of the second course of our lesson, so pretty early on.  We cantered up slowly to a 2’3″ oxer.  I leaned for him to jump at a spot that was maybe a smidge long, and he put his feet back down.  I fell completely on his neck and then popped off to the side in front of the jump. I fell hard and got the wind knocked out of me.  It was…

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A Post for Me About My Lesson

A Post for Me About My Lesson

This is not an exciting or insightful or funny or filled with pictures kind of post.  I hope to have more of those next week!  Instead, this is a post about my lesson for me. Majority of my lessons are small group jumping lessons, which makes sense since Simon and I are jumpers.  However, I’ve recently become pretty addicted to flat work.  My horse gets more and more schooled and I keep finding these new gears and buttons.  A good…

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Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances

Good Thing: Even with tons of drizzly days of rain this past week, our arena is holding up really well.  My trainer was able to shuffle some things around and give me a lesson on Saturday instead of Sunday! Bad Thing: Simon has decided he can no longer be caught in the pasture.  It took 30 minutes and two assistants to help me get him.  This is the third time he’s been hard to catch, which means it’s an established…

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An Anecdote

An Anecdote

Usually I have blog posts written for here about a week in advance, or at least a decent queue of pre-written posts to pull from when I’m not feeling creative.  Maybe it’s the winter or some other stuff going on, but lately I’ve had a hard time writing as much for the blog.  I’m not giving up my Monday – Friday posting schedule, but it is a bit more of a struggle. However, I do want to share a little…

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Zig Zag Pollywag Simon Wants to Jump

Zig Zag Pollywag Simon Wants to Jump

Let me start off this lesson recap blog post by noting two very important things. One – my trainer said that if we had been able to ride consistently for the past two months, we wouldn’t be having any of the problems we’re having. Two – a barn friend’s boyfriend took pictures of our lesson, and he’s basically the best person ever.  I owe him brownies. With that being said, I’m going to keep this on the shorter side today…

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Confidence is a Moving Target

Confidence is a Moving Target

I haven’t written about my rides much lately for several reasons. At first, they were super bad.  Simon was protesting the inconsistent riding and lack of jumping in the best ways he knows how – being super anxious and rushing through everything.  No listening to my seat.  No softening at the bit.  The wonderful flatwork we had worked so hard to get last fall disappeared, so I got super down about it. Obviously he has ulcers.  Needs a chiro visit….

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Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up

I’m calling “the slumps” over.  This is due to two reasons. One, I had an amazing private lesson last Thursday night.  It was one of those lessons where the individual attention leads to a big “Ah-ha” moment, which means that the lesson will last far, far long than the half hour I paid for.  Basically, I learned that I was both over and under communicating. See, we’ve pushed our flatwork to the next level recently.  Lots of trot work in…

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