So based on his running and bucking Bastian might actually be able to make it either on the rodeo circut (check out those bucks! and I challenge the cowboys to stay on with those) or maybe hold up his decent Thoroughbred breeding and be a racehorse. Which I have considered. What if I threw him in just one race just so that he could then be considered an off-the-track thoroughbred? I mean all the awards at horse shows are for ott-ers. Which sucks since he never raced, Regionals last year was the first show I had ever been too that just a regular Thorougbred high score award. *sigh*
So our ride on Monday was fabulous, I had some awesome Conrad-Mojo working and everything felt great. I had to work on Tuesday so no riding for me. Yesterday, I was tense. Not entirely sure why, but I just could not relax and of course Bastian picked up on that and well neither one of us was feeling the love. I started to get really fussy with my hands and Bastian and I just never synced. I couldn't post, I couldn't sit and our canter transitions were downright ucky.
We ended up riding for almost an hour because I was determined to work through it and do something right before I got off. We finally got some nicer canter transitions so we stopped. Today I had a 1/2 hour lesson and it started out pretty much the same as I ended last night. Ucky. Kristin explained that Bastian is being inconsistent in his poll, he just kinda bops it up and avoids actually working so I need to get him deeper in the poll (my words in case I'm not talking about the right thing...the horse word is so picky about terminology sometimes, lol).
I was having a heck of time getting it at the trot. The canter was easier to get and feel. Then we worked on halts. Something that bugs the heck out of me. The actual halt, not working on them. The halt is wickedly complicated, much like the walk, but seems like it should be so easy. I want 7s or 8s or higher on my halts and since there are two of them, it would be prudent to make them good. Bastian aside from being a wiggle worm, never halts square. So we worked on me doing an "up" half halt to keep his back and maybe, with some intelligence on B's part, he'll figure out that stop + kick kick = square.
All in all, our halts got better, our biggest problem is that he brings his poll up (there it is again!) and avoids the contact so that our halts are hollow. So first we have to get nice round halts then we can really start focusing on the sqareness and straightness. I mean we usually get 6s on our halts, so if we can get this and change that to 8s, that is 4 more points per test and that is always a good thing.
So our lesson ended well and it felt better than my ride on Wednesday. This funk I'm in is self-inflicted I'm sure. It happens sometimes either because I let the outside world interfere with my riding or I have some great riding ideal that I feel I MUST uphold (This is all Conrads fault! lol...just kidding) and then I get frustrated when things don't go well. I'm hoping I can get rid of this funk before the show in May.
I get to ride tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, which is just weird because between work and the price of gas I am averaging about twice a week right now :( So I'm hoping that tomorrow goes well, I'm going to work on being quiet with my hands, but keeping him in the "zone" and staying round though the halts.