Will It Ever Happen

After a few very successful weeks, conquering the ploddy pony Harry, I thought I’d try my hand at Miss Bella’s unwillingness to canter for me.

I’ve said before, I’ve seen experienced riders struggle with her, and rumour is, once you’ve done it with her, she gets easier. I’m beginning to wonder when that day will be?

I love Bella! She is your typical diva mare. Pretty and she knows it but if she doesn’t want to cooperate, no amount of leg will yield her. My frustration at this point of not having properly cantered on her is just becoming annoying. I have had a few strides but I’ve not necessarily found the Bella buttons yet.

I am determined to get there and was hoping before I got in the school but today didn’t yield any results for me. I did all I could to get her to canter, wind her up, by half halting and squeezing her before asking, leg on so hard I know I’ll feel it in my inner thigh muscles tomorrow, as much seat as I can master and my biggest, deepest man voice to make her go. And all she gave me in return was a ploddy trot. I swear this mare is laughing at me.

After my ride, I got out my frustration by filling hay nets. I’ve never felt so disgusting after being at the stables, even piling on the muck heap. Our hay was wet and sweaty and just disgusting! But I enjoyed helping all the same.

I’ll be back at the stables tomorrow and I might even put the work in on Bella again. Any of the others would just be too easy now. They all tend to do what I ask, she’s my last demon to conquer.

So we’ll see what tomorrow brings,

Thanks

Marie

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  1. I really want to ride this horse…

  2. I really want to ride this horse…

  3. Do you carry a whip with Bella? Or just with Harry? If you don’t it’s time you started! I think her sense of humour is starting to take over. She needs to know you have back up! You probably won’t even need to use it.

    If you do ride her get her really going in walk. Get on her case so she’s really desperate to trot but don’t let her. This puts you in control for a while anyway!

    There’s also a big clue in your blog – your inner thighs are hurting – remember the other way of stopping? It’s all about stopping and slowing down using your thigh. Make sure in your efforts to get her going you’re not clamping your whole leg on. Sit back, let your thighs stay away and use your heels. (HARD!!)

    Best of luck if you do ride her – but I’d opt for a nice time on Master Shadow if I were you 🙂

  4. Do you carry a whip with Bella? Or just with Harry? If you don’t it’s time you started! I think her sense of humour is starting to take over. She needs to know you have back up! You probably won’t even need to use it.

    If you do ride her get her really going in walk. Get on her case so she’s really desperate to trot but don’t let her. This puts you in control for a while anyway!

    There’s also a big clue in your blog – your inner thighs are hurting – remember the other way of stopping? It’s all about stopping and slowing down using your thigh. Make sure in your efforts to get her going you’re not clamping your whole leg on. Sit back, let your thighs stay away and use your heels. (HARD!!)

    Best of luck if you do ride her – but I’d opt for a nice time on Master Shadow if I were you 🙂

  5. Great advice from Lorraine as usual! Personally, unless I know I’m on a sharp, responsive horse, I always carry a crop. It’s easier to carry it and never need it (and for some horses, carrying it alone is enough), than it is to need it and not have it. Besides, one girm slap with a crop is kinder than 20 heels dug in the side for one transition.

    One of the best tricks I learned with Pooh, my own ‘Bellla’, and works on every horse is quality of the walk: out of a half-assed walk, you will only ever get a half-assed trot or canter. So, in walk while it’s easier to get leg on, get some energy: it carries into the other paces. It also shows the horse immediately that laziness will not be tolerated: as soon as they start to move, they move how you want them to: they do not dictate the pace.

    I know you’re going to crack Bella and that you’ll be beaming when you do. Just don’t get too frustrated or put too much pressure on so that you no longer enjoy the progress: don’t feel obliged to ride her if you’ve already had one ropey ride and fancy a simple canter on one of the others instead 🙂

  6. Great advice from Lorraine as usual! Personally, unless I know I’m on a sharp, responsive horse, I always carry a crop. It’s easier to carry it and never need it (and for some horses, carrying it alone is enough), than it is to need it and not have it. Besides, one girm slap with a crop is kinder than 20 heels dug in the side for one transition.

    One of the best tricks I learned with Pooh, my own ‘Bellla’, and works on every horse is quality of the walk: out of a half-assed walk, you will only ever get a half-assed trot or canter. So, in walk while it’s easier to get leg on, get some energy: it carries into the other paces. It also shows the horse immediately that laziness will not be tolerated: as soon as they start to move, they move how you want them to: they do not dictate the pace.

    I know you’re going to crack Bella and that you’ll be beaming when you do. Just don’t get too frustrated or put too much pressure on so that you no longer enjoy the progress: don’t feel obliged to ride her if you’ve already had one ropey ride and fancy a simple canter on one of the others instead 🙂

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