‘Fraidy Cat Eventing had a really great blog post on two-point position not too long ago that resonated a lot with me. Her theory is that a rider has a solid position over fences if you can erase the horse from the picture, if the rider, (while maintaining the same position) drops straight to the ground, stays upright (you know, not face-planting or ass-planting). I really liked this description because you see so many different types of two-point from world-class riders that the definition of “perfect two-point position” gets easily muddled. Plus, I’ve always felt that rider body type isn’t taken into consideration enough in this discussion.
After feeling ‘blah’ for several weeks, I think I’ve finally turned a corner and am getting my mojo back. After writing down all the things I’m not happy with, I’ve put a few into practice and am already feeling better. So far I’ve really focused on two things: getting the horses moving forward off my leg, and increasing Miles’ topline musculature. I’ve tried a few different approaches, and I feel like I have a good plan in place now for both issues.
I have a lot of less-than-put-together thoughts bouncing around in my head about various aids, starting with hands. I find the role of hands in riding very interesting, because in different disciplines, the ideal position and use of the hands is both so similar and so different. I also think it’s one of the more difficult aids to truly master because it goes against our instincts. For me, it’s really easy to fall into habits with my hands without really realizing it.
I went through a blogger identity crisis, and I didn’t notice until now. I started blogging to keep track of my equestrian pursuits, as a way to catalog my progress. This quickly turned from just a private journal to an entirely new community of assistance and support; I’ve made so many great friends through blogging who have helped me through some really tough times. But for a while, I got this idea that I wanted to monetize my blog. So I wrote blog posts that would appeal to a larger audience, and focused on improving the quality of the blog. But as I got busier outside of blogging, and even outside of riding, I got a little burned out. Unfortunately, my burnout translated into a lack of blogging, which you’ve seen over the last year. I recently went back to read some of my very early blog posts, and it helped me remember why I started this blog in the first place: for myself.
Lately, I’ve been hitting some roadblocks in my riding. We’re more than halfway through the summer show season, and I’m finding myself feeling a little bit less motivated to ride, and a little bit less confident about my abilities. There are a lot of factors at play, including weather and motivation, but I’m still sitting here scratching my head, trying to figure out a way to get back into the game mentally and keep preparing for our final three shows (which are rapidly approaching).