No Stirrup November is coming along quite nicely, while I haven't ridden in the bareback pad again, I can tell I am riding much better in the saddle. My seat has relaxed and is more balanced, my legs hang straighter and, for some reason, my hands have come higher. Overall? Win! AND I haven't even been sore the entire month, something I was sure was going to happen. So yay me!
Do I have any awesome stories to tell about how No Stirrup November changed my riding and now Mia is doing first level movements? Well, no. Overall it's been pretty boring, what you might expect from someone who hasn't had a dressage lesson in almost a year and is putting the final polishes on the basics. Yeah, boring. My ride last night was cool because RB4 came out and she hasn't been out since October. She watched me ride and I ride the dressage test, she looked surprised when I was done. I asked what she thought and she said it looked great, actually. She was quite surprised at the difference the month has made. Huh, more no stirrup work more often? Haha! Mia was fairly soft in the bridle, she was fairly steady in the bridle and she didn't drop her shoulders much. Progress indeed! Now I need to get my butt in gear and take a lesson, if nothing else break down and call H if I can't haul anywhere for one since I don't have my new truck yet (being built this week!!!!).
I did jump a little though, and in true No Stirrup November fashion, it was sans stirrups. And I didn't fall off! I may have thought about it.... but didn't lol. The first time over the little crossrail of a jump she jumped it awkwardly I wasn't prepared enough for it. My vice grip thighs clamped down and I grabbed neck and pulled myself back on TOP of the horse, I have absolutely NO desire to fall from a 16.0h horse thank you. The rest of the ride went well, I can feel myself jumping better thankfully. If I keep feeling myself jumping like crap, I need to remind myself to get back to basics and jump cross rails with no stirrups. Something I think H should have had me do when I was complaining about my position in the spring but hey, what is one to do. We finished doing trot and canters up to the little 2' crossrail with no stirrups to work mostly on myself. We did some jumping at angles too, introduce something different, and Mia didn't care. So yeah, boring
So sorry for the lame update but it is better than nothing right? This week will be hell, I have the next 3 nights booked with things that include me not riding. Wednesday the in-laws and others come in, I will have an additional 7 people staying here for 3 days for Thanksgiving. Everyone is leaving on Friday thankfully but man I think I am going to be wiped out. I am planning on riding Friday, maybe an update then! Happy Thanksgiving (US bloggers anyway)!