|Pas de deux someday? :)|
|Left leg, what are you doing?|
The instructor had a lot of really good things to say, and a few of them really stuck in my brain. The most important one (well, to me anyway), was that training is a balance of pushing horses out of their comfort zone to teach them new concepts, but then returning to their comfort zone to apply them and see how effective we'd been in the teaching. If you spend all your time in the comfort zone, you never advance. If you push too much outside the comfort zone, you lose your horse's trust and you're going to have trouble teaching them new concepts.
|God bless this horse for putting up with my shit. Hands, get with the program!|
|OK, so this wasn't awful.|
Those are just highlights obviously -- I'm going to cut the rambling short so I can quickly edit a few photos and get this posted. I planned to devote a lot more time to writing tonight, but I have to go with my mom up to the animal hospital (one of her cats has cancer and has taken a downhill turn, so I'm going with her for the euthanasia), so this will have to do for tonight. I have another lesson next week, so there will be more rambling then!
|Finally a decent trot picture to the right!|