We are supposed to get lots of snow this week, which is a bummer because we are supposed to start practicing for the Midwest Horse Fair demo every Sunday. Practices involve trailering over to Tracy's indoor arena, and it's really a pain to haul with snow on the roads. Not to mention, digging out the trailer!! This little bit of an early Spring was such a tease, but I was thankful for it.
Yesterday I got to take a reining lesson on Rem. My riding instructor has agreed to do some group lessons every other Sunday. So far we've had 2 and they are great! I am very interested in learning more about reining but I've had my doubts about the sport and some of the things that I've seen. I am going in with an open mind though, and I'm learning so much.
Our first lesson was on stopping, which involved fencing. The first time I saw fencing, at a NRHA show, I was a little disturbed. It just looked like a bunch of crazy trainers running their horses full out into the fence, and using the fence to stop them. Doing a lesson on it and learning how to properly fence was an eye opener. I am still under the impression that it can be misused, but I suppose any training practice can be done wrong.
Today we continued with working on our stops. One of the things I was having trouble with, was remembering to exhale right before asking for the stop. Every time I remembered to exhale, Rem's stop was much better than if I had gone straight to turning my toes out and picking up on the bit. I am learning so much about actually finishing a horse. I have always enjoyed starting colts, but I am unsure how to continue on in the training once I have the basics down. I have a habit of not using enough rein. I am afraid of being heavy handed, so I don't give enough support with my hands. I am trying to break that habit though, and I think it's working. I've already seen improvement in Remington, after only 2 lessons! Oh, and mid way through the lesson Remington pulled the laying down thing again. Grrr.... How embarassing!! Oh well, I suppose it could have been worse... at least he didn't buck me off, right? I am going to have to really get after him if he does it again.