Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Can't Fool the Camera! Fixing Bad Habits.

I love it when my husband comes with me to my lessons! I usually end up with photos and often video too. Tonight, I have a few photos from the beginning of the lesson; the light was not good enough for photos a little later, so no jumping shots :( I find photos really helpful as I sometimes have a hard time translating what I feel into what it looks like.

For example, I have a number of photos of me riding Edgar and in a couple I can see that I'm leaning into the turn. So now I am much more aware of this tendency on him and can prevent it. Poor guy needs to learn balance without me messing it up!

My latest thing has been making sure to look up. This horse I'm riding is very nice, but that is no reason to stare at his pole! In this photo I think I am actually avoiding the low sun in my eyes and mosquitoes, but there are others where I am clearly looking heavy-headed.

Tonight, after warming up, we cantered a square. You can't see it here, but the "box" continues on the other side, so there are two turns. This was hard, especially on a 16.3 horse when everyone else is riding much smaller mounts. No complaints though, I love a challenge.

I love this horse's expression. He is almost always ears-forward and alert.

I just think this is a pretty shot of my favorite boy trotting. I think I'm planning my attack on those corners!

I love, LOVE lessons. I ride with the most supportive people and my instructor is awesome. I live for lesson day.


HorseOfCourse said...

Hi RuckusButt!
I love the last photo, the positive concentration on the task both in you and the horse. Really, really nice!
And the training?
My treat of the week too.
I am looking forward to the weekend because the Danish traniner is coming again.
I am to ride 3(three)days.
I will be tired, happy and poor when the weekend is over, hehe.

RuckusButt said...

Thanks! Sounds like you have a fantastic weekend ahead. I can't wait to read about it once you've recovered!

Chelsi said...

Your boy is SOOOO pretty! Those corners looked hard! I too LOVE lessons!!! If you have the right instructor nothing beats learning how to be a better rider. There is something about having someone tell you what to do and watching you and able to shout corrections that just rocks!!! lol

I miss lessons now. Going to pout :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

Your last picture looks great. Lessons are the best, especially if you have someone to take pictures or videos to review afterwards. I think that helps tremendously in picking out what needs to be worked on.
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog I appreciate it.

RuckusButt said...

Adventures - I know, he's easy on the eyes! Sadly, he's only "my boy" for the lesson.

Grey horse - I'll pass the comment on to the photographer :) I am still freaked out by your post on Lyme. I didn't realize just how nasty it was/could be. My dog is getting sick of me checking for ticks!