All of these things are fine things on their own, but for someone who's looking for the magic pill they are just
I had a lesson on the pony today that was not about fear. It was not about attention (mostly...c'mon, she's a young, green Arab..it will ALWAYS be about attention) but was about training. What? Training? What's that? Oh, yeah. That's things like controlling the shoulders when they bulge on the corners. It's about using outside leg and rein to capture. It's about rewarding Tessa's tiny little tries as she learns something new. Let me repeat the end of that so we can all hear that....as she LEARNS SOMETHING NEW. Yes, internet horse buddies, my horse and I have graduated to actually learning some skills.
Years ago, there was a time where with the help of a trainer, I could easily teach a horse things. Nowadays, not so much. And so part of my discussion with Laura was about her putting some time in on Tessa. The hard part about teaching your horse things when you don't know them yourself, is it's hard to know what right feels like. So we're going to do a combination of Laura teaching Tessa what *right* is (talking about shoulders and turning and using less opening rein) and Laura teaching me what *right* feels like (when you put your leg here and move your hand here, this is what *should* happen) and then I'll get on Tessa and we'll try to combine the two.
As I was riding my pony around the indoor, asking for her nose to tilt slightly outside while I push her towards the inside with my outside leg and rein, I realized that the trail training can wait. The Western saddle can wait. We have many, many adventures coming our way and adding in too many solutions just makes the problem harder. Sometimes it's just easier not to have too many choices.
Now I'm going to take my winning $2 ticket and go buy an apple for my pony.