I’m trotting around on Ava today, and it suddenly strikes me…. I totally just screwed Ava up. She has suddenly turned into a massive ball of tension, ears laid back, and her neck is about 3 inches long. What the heck? All I did was ask for more forward! I have this moment of panic as I realize I’m clueless how to fix this.
I try leg yielding in hopes she’ll release some tension.
More leg? Her neck actually gets shorter. I give with the reins, but they just hang with big loops while her head and neck remain unnaturally arched. Circles? Ava refuses to bend, and comes to a crawling jog trot no matter how much leg I apply.
I don’t know what to do!!!!!
I boot her super hard. She bucks. I boot her again. She bucks again, but this time she actually moves forward with some energy.
It took me 10 minutes to get Ava to relax and use her neck again. I don’t even know how. Maybe Ava just got sick of trotting around like that and relaxed her neck.
Afterward, I’m walking Ava around to cool her out and I start wondering if everyone feels that overwhelming sense of just not being up to the task. I watch the cool confident riders and always think they look so in control and know exactly what to do. But what if they’re riding around feeling insecure and hoping nothing goes too wrong…
Whatever… I get bored being all alone at the barn day in and day out. Sometimes I think silly stuff.