Had a lovey ride on my sweet red-headed mare last weekend. Well - actually it wasn't lovely.... but the previous two lessons were so nice. She was really round and deep and coming out through her withers - I could feel the forward, uphill, smooth, recycling of energy.
She is normally tense in her neck and I know I always will have to work on getting her deeper and reaching out to my hand... it's her "go-to" evasion. Those last two lessons were so nice. Like but-tah. I thought - oh, maybe we've finally gotten it? Maybe it'll be like this from now on?
Last weekend's lesson Sera warmed up beautifully, round, deep, coming over her back, forward and feeling the motor from her hindquarters pushing her onward.
And then we began shoulder-in on a circle.
She HATES shoulder-in on the circle. HATES it.
We pissed her off.
Her stride became choppy and very up and down like a piston, her neck came up and became stiff like rebar, while her ass swung back and forth like a barn door any time I put any leg on her. Sigh. We worked through it, got some decent try and moved on to flying changes.
BIG, GIANT, 2-LEG KICKS behind with her ears back telling me just what she thought of that idea. And when she's kicking with both barrels? All that weight that is supposed to be shifted to her hind end? All that weight is on her front - on the forehand - the opposite of what we are shootin' for.
The good part about our lesson tho' is that I know what it can be... I know how forward and soft and uphill she can be. The piston, up and down, flinging around gave me a very dramatic taste of what we don't want and for me, it's good to see, feel, work through it. It was an extremely clear demonstration of good vs. bad.
Sure was disappointing after having the good Sera Sue... even tho' it was sort of cool to truly feel the complete difference between her good side and bad side.
She's like that nursery rhyme... There once was a girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead... and when she was good she was very, very good... and when she was bad she was horrid.
That's my Sera Sue!
Oh - random sidenote: I say her name affectionately like Tsera Tsue... with a bit of a T sound in front of the S.
Mrs. Kravitz asked me last weekend, "Why do you call her Tattoo?"
I guess it does sort of sound like that... I had to explain my weird, affectionate, nick-name with my Ts in front of my Ss....