My lesson was at 6 on Wednesday and I thought I was going to be on an extremely tight timeline but lucky for me, I got out of clinical about 4 hrs early...score! I got to the barn early because I was really worried about Charlie being a bad horse and refusing to get on the trailer. Lucky for me, the perfect pony showed up. While he didn't jump right on, he did his normal "2 feet on the ramp, wait 3 min, take a baby step, wait 2 min, then walks all the way on". Because he got on in a timely manner, I was a bit early getting to Julie's farm (where we meet up with Carolyn). Right as I pulled in the driveway, a lovely summer thunderstorm rolled in. Awesome. We hung out in Julie's kitchen while it blew over.
Once the storm blew over, I waited about 30 min for Shannon's lesson to be over and just let Charlie hang out grazing. Once our lesson started, Carolyn really had me work on getting Charlie to stretch into the contact instead of me trying pull him back into the contact - hope that makes sense! Once he stretches into the contact, I need to stay very soft in my hand to encourage him to stay soft in his jaw. My mental image of his jaw is butter. Once he's soft in the jaw, I need to ask him step under and push over his back and into the bridle. As usual, I have a tough time explaining Carolyn's lessons. I know what I need to do when I ride and I know what I'm supposed to feel but can't explain it very well. :(
So now I'm feeling pretty motivated. I couldn't ride today but I'm getting up early to ride before the heat hits.
Look what I found the other day when I washing Charlie's tail...
What the heck? I have no idea how he managed this.
But lucky for both of us, it's hidden!