My subsequent body awareness lessons went a bit longer than an hour in part because I was extremely focused. Every time I do this I have a revelation, and today’s was that I should take a moment and rest between exercises. It’s too easy to say that I should do another and another and another.
I had planned on getting Raudi out for a ride before heading to VCRS to meet with Carole, but decided instead to spend riding time figuring out my high tech wrist watch. I needed to locate and nail down the stop watch option and as well, find a way of returning to the actual time when in the section that offers choices of data fields. We did not figure out the latter. Pete is going to the Garmin website when he has the time.
The VCRS visit was okay – Carole has been giving me much needed input. However I have decided that from this point on, I am going to work independently and just get Part 1 done. This will save me travel time and increase my level of productivity.
Back on the home front – I did some agility with Raudi, ate dinner, and then did agility with Tyra. Tyra, unlike Raudi and Hrimmi, is all over the map. I then tacked up Raudi and put her through her horsemanship paces. I opened and closed our gate, backed down a roadside creek, and practiced standing.
Yesterday, with Sarah, I chunked things down when we were out on the trail. For instance, Sarah had her horse step on a log while she was on her back. I did this from the ground. There were a few other such instances, but right now I can’t remember them.
So tonight, I was struggling, in attempting to get Raudi to do a figure eight around the barrels while in the playground. I then had this revelation. I should chunk this down and first and have her do this on the ground. THEN I should do it under saddle. I should also do this when practicing walking her in reverse down the creek bed.
I’m going to have Pete video me so I can see what my position is going up and down hills.
All this is being flexible. If you aren’t flexible physically, there is no way you can be flexible mentally.
174. 6/23/18: My Horse for a Kingdom