Sunday, May 21, 2017

Progress! I'm no longer riding half-assed.

"Everything she says is true."
You know how sometimes when you get over one hurdle, other things fall into place?

It happened. And I think I'm riding better.

And to bring on this epiphany, my trainer only had to repeat the key advice for 3-4 years, probably 5,689 times, in as many different ways:
  • Turn him from your outside aids 
  • Put your weight evenly into both stirrups 
  • Make sure your seat bones are weighted evenly 
  • Step into your outside stirrup 
  • Keep your shoulders over your hips 
  • Ride the outside
Chalk it up to feel. 
In the last few months I've been developing a better feel generally for when I am sitting straight versus crooked, esp. on circles and turns. Specifically, I am consciously putting outside seatbone down and in solid contact with the saddle.  This puts my weight solidly over the right knee/heel, making my outside leg drop and relax, and my outside aids are clearer. And it always helps when you keep your eyes up.

Turning left, I exaggerate sitting right, which means I'm better centered and not leaning. I imagine  stretchy elastic string pulling my right seatbone to the right side of my saddle, keeping my weight over and allowing me only post only so high before sucking my seatbone back into place. This way I tuck his shoulder in because my leg is a relaxed, passive barrier -- and I can bump him a bit if he leans. Riley "gets" my newfound outside seatbone, and he obediently keeps his shoulder tcked/aligned around circles. A little inside leg and he offers a true bend. Amazing!

Always leaning in
I'm told that it is natural to want to push off with your dominant leg as a rider. I'm right-handed so the temptation is to push myself right over to the other side of the saddle. What's odd is that turning right, I also lean in, so whatever direction I'm turning, the outside seatbone is hovering somewhere in the vicinity of the saddle but not where it needs to be.

All of these years, I've been riding off my inside seatbone -- literally half-assed.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A POTUS without a soul

A horsie tie-in to our POTUS, again showing us who he is, as he has since he started campaigning. Read Donald Trump's lone foray into horse racing.  An old story, with many witnesses no longer living, but it aligns with what he shows himself to be. The allegations of fake news are "sad" in Trumpian parlance. We don't need anyone to spin the facts, DJT tells us with his words, directly from his mouth, every day.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A post-Rolex Post

Bob and I doing a coursewalk and tree identification.
 If there are any of you left out there, I still plan to post when I have time. Bob and I went to Rolex, the weather was great and we had a BLAST.
I learned things! Things I didn't know...

  • The Kentucky Horse Park is also an arboretum! Have you noticed that there are lots of trees about the same age on course? It costs $300 to sponsor a new tree planting. I wanted to blog details but the KHP has not gotten back to me. 
  • The pony from the Amazon Prime commercial does tours. Lots of kids in line for photo ops, but a few fossils like me too. I was not embarrassed. 
  • Bob has absorbed a lot of knowledge about course design. We walked the entire course on Friday and he was pretty sharp! Of course he also made a few husband mistakes. The course was tough, and time faults were adding up everywhere. He asked me why so many riders were "going into overtime." Funny.
Me and the Amazon Pony

Boyd Martin, Still Highly Attractive