|Encore & I always look like this. Ha.|
We often even think of that process as "easy" in that we can say, "Sit up straight, apply leg, maintain steady, elastic rein connection, do that breathing thing." And if we do all those things properly, our partner will reward us with a round, rhythmic canter, stepping up through his withers & pushing energy out through the bridle.
Stop me now if that works out for you every time. Anyone? Buhler? Yeah, the devil's in the details.
|Solo: Master of Subtle Opinions...|
Fortunately, we have helmets to deal with the subsequent *headdesk* repetitions! But what gives?
I posted a teaser quote from a current reading project, so now I'm following up on my promise for more. Mary captures the individual approach horses require from us, even from one ride to the next, with a great analogy:
"Imagine that each horse, in his evasive movement, resembles one entrance to a maze, which has at its center the good movement we are seeking. With every horse we go on a unique journey & initially, in particular, the feelings he gives us & the difficulties he poses may be strikingly different. The knowledge we glean from one journey may only serve to confuse us on the next – at times we may even have to do the exact opposite of something we previously experienced as being a surefire way of getting us to the center."
|Y U play hard to get, cheez??|
What I like best about her imagery though, is that it shines the focus on each ride, each journey, as a puzzle (there could be a puzzle-lover bias here, heh) instead of an assumption. To solve a puzzle, we have to think about the process, breaking it down into progressive steps towards our goal of a nice transition or a balanced circle.
Mentally, this automatically puts me in the moment, listening to my body & feedback from my horse, then trying something different if we aren't at "good" yet. At the same time, it subconsciously gives me the critically important freedom to do "the exact opposite of something" that I tried before, creating the opportunity to discover, hey, if I let go, my horse really doesn't run away.
|BAM. (extra hunter Solo for Lauren, hee)|
Now I have a cheese craving, dangit.