Monday was another group lesson and I'm happy to report that though we had a few sticky, argumentative moments we were mostly good. And that for the first time, my pony wasn't the one having a hard time. Instead it was the other grey mare (an 8 year old TB) who has having some mini meltdown moments.
Tessa and I enjoyed a forward canter, even if it was totally on the forehand. It had energy and that's a good place to start.
Spring and summer are so busy for me because we have a boat too. So we've been spending lots of our spare time doing boat projects.
I've also been doing my Pilates DVD which has really helped my core strength a ton. This is made by the instructor that I had private lessons with to work on my abdominal separation and my hip problems. As of this week, I do not have hardly any separation at all and though my arms and my legs were aching after my lesson, I had almost zero hip pain. Hurrah!
I will say that taking the three private lessons made a HUGE difference. You CANNOT CANNOT get the proper Pilates stuff from a DVD without first knowing what you are going for. It's been challenging for me because I'm great at powering through stuff but not so great at using only one specific muscle. Doing a sit up has a whole new meaning now for me. Because I have to isolate my transverse abs and pull up from only that muscle, sit ups take a long time. To someone watching, it must look like I'm just laying on the floor making weird faces and occasionally lifting my head. But I'm working HARD. And seeing results, even if they are small. Three weeks ago, I couldn't lift my head off the floor without torquing my entire body. Now I can use just my transverse abs and my head can float off the floor. Amazing.
Her website is http://www.riderpilates.com/ if you're interested in learning more. I bought her book and the DVD and love them both. I do use the DVD more....I also plan on going to some group classes in the future. They're super small so you can get personalized attention.
Hope everyone is out and enjoying their ponies a lot these days!