Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Even though we haven’t shown this year, I feel like we have had a series of breakthroughs. It all started with buying a Pivo. Despite the lack of consistency in the video, there was enough to realize that Jet was almost always slightly on the forehand and slightly behind the vertical. And I was always sitting forward. Which would explain why some of the Second Level movements were not very good in quality even though we could do them for a 5.
So, big change number one was that I had to sit up if I wanted Jet off his forehand and in front of the vertical. I visualized. I did yoga and worked out with my vertebrae stacked. I watched every video I could find about the effects of rider posture on horse posture. And it worked. I am now(confirmed by Pivo) sitting up 80-90% of the time. Jet is consistently in front of the vertical with his poll high. The sit of the posting trot and sometimes in the canter are still a work in process as below, but this winter that will be my rider position focus. Because he is not naturally uphill, my position has an outsized influence on his balance, so I must SIT UP.
Looking over this post, everything this year feels very serendipitous. Without the Pivo showing me I needed to fix my posture, the changes in stretching out to the frame and various kinds of half-halts would never have been effective. I will say though, that I credit this breakthrough to the wonders of the Internet. I found out about the Pivo from a fellow blogger. The posture fixes have come mostly from Internet searches and online yoga. The stretch that is out to the contact as much as it is down was from the Dressage Naturally Video Classroom. The half-halt quest was again started by another blogger and expanded to FB, YouTube, and the general internet search.
I do feel like this summer was the outgrowth of a lot of previous building blocks but that the ability to learn from other bloggers, the Video Classroom, and the Internet in general has led to this big leap. I’m always searching, reading and watching so I can learn more. Do feel that the ability to learn online has impacted your learning and Horsemanship? What online resources have helped you the most?
Friday, October 16, 2020
I finally got my Pivo out to check our progress. It’s been a while! After bitching to my husband about how much it doesn’t follow me, and how irritated I get, the entire 20 minutes that the Pivo was turned on was perfectly zoomed and clear. Gotta love those software updates!
Besides my reluctance to be disappointed by Pivo, I also was afraid that even though things are feeling good, that the video would tell the ugly truth. These are just a trio of pictures that I thought represented how we are looking right now.