Sunday, September 26, 2010
Mark Rashid clinic
Warning: This post may be a bit discombobulated. I have so much going through my head right now, it's hard to channel it all with any coherency. So much learning I didn't necessarily expect!
At one point, Mark asked if there were any questions and me being, well me, said, "Nope, you've managed to answer one with each session so far."
I did actually ask some questions, though.
Like... we were trained to ride with super loose reins, so how do we balance that with picking up contact and boundaries. Answer? Depends on the horse. If I interpret correctly (which mind you is very easy to do with Mark), it means if you're getting softness and collection on a loose rein, you're good. If you're not, you have some work to do.
We all have some work to do. Steve, Lena, Bar, and me. All of us.
For example, if we have "issues at the trot," well, we have issues. But not issues I'm particularly worried about now. One of us just has to be clear and definite and I don't mean the big, brown ex-racehorse. Oh, and patient. That, however, goes for both of us.
Steve learned that escalating with Lena is a sure way to get into a non-winnable argument and that patience will be a better path.
Separation anxiety: while watching a set of sister ponies who hadn't been apart for sixteen years, I got to see an example of how to deal with Bar's slight over-dependence on Lena for alpha-dom. Returning him to his Lena safety net while he's frantic, while human nature, is not the best plan for any of us.
So much to learn, lots to practice.
Oddly, I can't wait.