Dreams

I dreamt I was saddle shopping.

Even in my dreams none of the saddles fit, and I couldn’t afford any of them.

How depressing!

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Sue Hughes Clinic

Back to the Sue Hughes clinic…

The main point of the whole lesson was to stop using every aid simultaneously! And voilĂ , horse could decipher what was required of her. Amazing how that simplified things.

I find this difficult though. I am an “Oh crap” rider. Things are moving along, and “Oh crap, a circle!” Instead of preparing, planning, applying one aid then another as needed for each stride of the circle… I’m in full reactionary mode of applying all aids at once!

Not a successful way to ride.

So keep in mind, when you’re riding… When asking for a circle, only apply the aid you need for each step. More flexion? A little inside rein and release. Horse popping out her shoulder? A little outside rein and release. Losing engagement? A little inside leg and release.

Not this: Inside rein while pulling on outside rein, and kicking inside leg frantically. <– that's me.