Thursday, August 13, 2009

lesson report...

is someone giving Molly speed? whizz....

I wasn't as relaxed as usual .. or was more tense than usual? it ended up a bit of a rush... there were three of us to have separate lessons, me, brooker& her ma vicki - and we were chatting away not paying attention and assuming RI would be late .. when RI turned up on time, Oops. Brooke went first, i rushed off and caught molly and only had time to give her 20 minutes massage rather than the usual 1/2 hour!

she didn't much want to walk, we had some attempts at passage and piaffe LOL

trot was good left rein, not so good right rein (I haven't been doing as much right rein, and, as i said, i'd felt tense - shown greatly by the fact that i had to take my stirrups up one and still felt my knees rising, when tuesday that hadn't been an issue at all)

anyway, cantered again, left lead only but did it first time of asking, despite my not setting it up very well today...

we think Molly now needs time to wrap her own head round the fact that whatever it is isn't hurting any more ... and for me to get her more willing to slow down.

but RI agreed she looked like a different horse, said it's the first time she's really seen Molly using her back muscles

so i'll probably have another lesson in 3 weeks or so....

and I'm moving Molly back down to Harbour House (which I left last June, you'll recall, original yard on this estate) - no hills (they've served their purpose in making us SEE the lameness issue!), she's back in the box she came out of which she'll settle in, as she isn't in this one, she knows the other mares there already, and she WILL learn to hack out and back up to blackdene for lessons in the larger arena. Plus, now she's working better and better balanced, we'll be able to get better work in the small arena at harbour house. the move will happen at the end of the month.

4 comments:

Kate said...

It's really great that she's feeling better - and you're right I think it does take them time to process that - and then usually they go even better - at least that's how my mare did.

Jean said...

Great going. You cantered again. Big progress and a compliment from RI about muscles! What more could you want.

The move back to the old place will help. As lovely as the new place is, those hills were doing you both in. You'll get Molly going just fine back "home."

Cabruze said...

All sounds very positive! Onward and upward!

Mary Lou said...

You have to admit - it is beautiful where you are but it's not practical if the hills bother her. It is useful information though.

How nice to have someone say that Molly looks improved!

When I am rushing around, being late, I never have the ride I would have had. That's one of the reasons I don't like lessons.