The other day at my lesson, JLE and I had a little discussion:
Me: Dandy’s been really good. He hasn’t, knock on wood, reared in a year.
JLE: Why did you say that?!
I definitely jinxed it. Not twenty minutes later, this happened (skip to the 25 second mark if you’re short on time):
I debated for a while on whether or not I wanted to post this on my blog. I kind of didn’t want to admit that this happened because Dandy really has been doing so amazing and I’m kind of embarrassed that I caused such a bad backslide. But, at the same time, I also have to be truthful to myself and admit my mistakes. I can’t learn from them otherwise.
Clearly the bad is that this rear happened at all. And it was a rear, not just a little hop up. I still don’t quite understand what I’m doing to give him the excuse (because it is an excuse), so that’s something I need to talk to JLE about. I’m planning on bringing this video to my next lesson so we can watch and discuss what I should have done to get him working and forgetting about his annoyance before it could escalate.
There is a lot of good though, if you look for the silver lining. The first being that this is the first time he’s gone up in a year and it only happened when something changed drastically in how I was riding (the no stirrups). I’m sure I am flopping around up there a lot more than normally and I know I’m gripping with more leg than normal (I can feel it). Dandy is getting a lot better about handling pressure but he’s still learning and this is proof that we’re not quite there yet.
But you know what the “best” part about this whole experience was? How I handled it. I didn’t get scared. I didn’t get off. I worked through it and went back to my lesson as if nothing had happened. We even came back around and jumped the cross rail again after that.
And I did it all with no stirrups.