I can’t believe it’s July 20th already. That’s crazy. Only 9 days left here!
I had a beautiful ride on Maia—the slowest we’ve ever had. In fact, the wildest thing we did was walk an entire tiny circle. Once. ;) But it was so great to be able to be relaxed like that and not worry about Doing Lots of Things. We could both feel 100% successful and I know it went well.
Anyway, all we did was that exercise I explained in the previous post. It is amazing after I started getting the feel of it how much I could feel how her inside shoulder was stepping in FRONT of her chest (to the outside) versus away to the inside—no wonder the poor horse can’t turn. Imagine you trying to walk to the left while your legs kept going to the right. How frustrating would THAT be! So we just worked very quietly on stepping that inside front over and she was getting it and it was great.
Another fascinating revelation today was getting access to her mind and when to use “contact-feel” and when to use release. What I have been wondering about and was going to ask Karen (still will :) ) is that, though we talk about using “just release,” lots of times we do pick up on the rein or lead or something to ask for the horse to give to it. So what is that? Is that pressure? And when do we do it?
First, when do we do it? With Maia, I’m finding that I need to pick up on the rein (or touch her, or whatever, doing something that may look a tiny bit like “pressure”) when she is mentally disengaged, checked out, or braced. Sometimes pure release DOES work in that situation, but the whole thing with utilizing pure release is that it only really works when your horse is fully engaged with you and mentally and emotionally present. If she is not there with me, then I might need to take up on the rein to get her mind back.
|I just need to get through the crack into the horse's mind...|
So there you go! Interesting stuff. And I think I need to copyright the phrase, Little Scratchy Twiddly Things. That could become really famous, you know. ;)