Lesson #3

Good ride but I’m dead tired. Worked on my upper body today and getting the right feel for the pelvis. It was really interesting because as soon as I could get to where I wanted to be, I could feel a huge expansiveness in the front, with the crotch and the inner thigh opening (sorry there for the imagery and now I’ll probably get every whacko coming by) and the horse swelling into the widening space.

What I noticed is that if I brought my back into a Neutral Zone then the backward C that my hips were placing that lower pelvis in, vanishes. There is less stress on the hip joints when the back is in the proper place.

I need to remember to relax into the fear – not react to it. Let it wash over me and then let it flow away.

Still figuring out the horse I’m riding on the reins. More difficult then I would have thought.

For once, I think I’ve chosen well. Molly and I’s personalities dovetail nicely. She is willing to push me out of my comfort zone, which I’m for,  but not so much that I completely panic and feel horrible. She also treats me as a peer which is really important to me. Her knowledge base is exactly what can help me where I want help and there will be no pressure to pursue goals that I clearly do not want (such as showing, fixating on a level of dressage, or buying another horse).

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2 Responses to Lesson #3

  1. jonesdiary says:

    When we hit this point in our lives we ride for different reasons, in some ways, than we may have 20 yrs ago, and our goals are as you allude to, much more tailor-made and internal. How wonderful that you seem to have created a situation that is allowing you to experience the happiness and joy riding can bring in a way that works for you. And whatever your fears may be (falling? failing? performace anxiety? personal perhaps)…hoo-wah sistah for tackling them. ALWAYS an admirable thing and so empowering.

    I have this book, “Overcoming the Fear of Riding”

    Never fully read it but I have cherry picked through it from time to time – it seems OK, maybe not great. Picked up when I worked in Publishing and grabbed whatever horsey books I saw, …I would be happy to pass it on to you if you’re interested in it.

  2. horseideology says:

    Thanks S~ I already have that book, as well as others 🙂 Now it’s time to put it all into practice. Thanks for thinking of me!

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