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Educational Weekend

March 31, 2012

After a few months off from any real riding, Squish Pony and I are jumping right back in with a two day clinic. I’m a little worried about Pony having a melt down, since she’s pretty physically and emotionally unfit right now, but I think a lot of the clinic will focus on ground work, so hopefully it won’t be too taxing.  If she starts getting grumpy, we’ll just break and I’ll audit for a bit.

In terms of general goals for the clinic, I’d like to get her going happily (yeesh, how vague is that?). She’s generally obedient, but its the obedience of a kid who cleans their room even though they don’t want to, and they stomp around just so you know how MISERABLE you’re making them. Because she’s so sensitive and easily offended, she’s an easy mare to spoil. I don’t want to let her get away with crap, but I also doing want to ruin the hard-won trust I’ve earned. I tend to err on the side of not asking enough for fear of asking her to do too much, and she’s starting to learn that if she throws a fit, I won’t push the issue.

Specifically, I’d like to get a nice lope out of her. Her MO is to do a witchy dirty stop that just impales my breastbone on the saddle horn. I’d also like smoother downward transitions; she tends to slam the brakes on her front feet and gets all wadded up behind.

As for personal goals, I need to remind myself that this is a learning opportunity, not a time to show off  what I already know.

Crossing my fingers for good things this weekend!

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