In which the only way to get better is to be bad at it first
It's nice to feel competent, isn't it?
|Fiddle + me = very good at trotting|
(all photos and vids in this post by P. Robinett)
The first few dressage lessons of the winter were sufficient to get our brains back in the game.
Fiddle and I feel comfortable at the trot pretty much always.
|We can trot all day together, literally. Fast, slow, collected, extended.|
When it comes to trotting, we have Mad Skillz
|He's pretty fancy for a "lesson horse"|
and we will never be as elegant as Betsey and Arianna
but when it comes to trotting, there's just nothing like a Standardbred.
Challenge is a good thing. Challenge helps us improve.
We can see progress. The bending and stretching exercises she had us doing a few weeks ago were awkward to the point of awful when we started.
Now, we're starting to get a handle on stuff like haunches-in and shoulder-in.
It's not awesome yet, but it's not as embarrassing anymore, and the moral support of group lessons (where Dory yells and yells and yells and we all cheer when somebody gets it right) is so helpful.
Fiddle actually enjoys the bending parts, and it's pretty awesome when we make progress.
But I'd be lying if I said that I want to share the next video with everyone.
Specifically, I suck.
I am absolutely dreadful at riding the canter. Posture, ack. Legs, ack. And odeergawd my hands.
It would be so easy, so pleasant to share the pretty trotting pictures and let everyone admire how pretty Fiddle is at the trot.
It would be so easy to avoid posting video evidence of suckiness, and avoid all chance of people making rude (but true, and therefore even more painful) comments about it.
That's not fair.
There are folks reading this who want to ride better. There are also some folks who read my book, and think that I know how to do stuff--or at least, know how to throw myself in the path of knowledge and hope that it runs me over in a constructive way.
Those folks need to know that riding better is a moving target for all of us, not just for green beans!
And that means that, to be honest with my readers, I need to be public about stuff I don't do well.
I truly believe that the only way to get better at something is to start with something that isn't good to begin with.
I don't intend to suck at this forever. Getting better is where I'm going, but I'm certainly not there.
Dressage doesn't need to be a crying sport.
(I did cry a bit today, but not as much as last time...)
By posting evidence of suckiness here, I'm also challenging myself to get better at this.
(It would be difficult to be much worse at it, frankly.)
From here, the only way is up.
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