This is a post from my horseforum.com thread that I started when I got Max. I’m so lucky the forum is still around and I was able to go back and add it to Lipizzan Life.
We have had three rides since my last entry. I think my instructor summed it up well when she observed ” I think you are still fighting with yourself.”
I need to just let it flow. I can’t force relaxation. It has to happen. My last ride was the best and worst in awhile. We got some moments of being together and focused, but then I think I overdid it. Max started acting up and walking through my leg to get to the gate and it was a fight from there. I guess I stayed on too long. My instructor also told me that all the horses at the stable have been naughty under saddle this week, though. Something to do with air pressure.
Anyway, we seem to be progressing on our own together. My instructor told me I just need to keep riding by myself and working it out. She has told me the same things for months worth of lessons, so its just a matter of working through the backlog of knowledge.