So every 6 weeks or so I have my trainer video a few minutes of my lesson. I don’t bring my camera to every lesson, but when I do I want to use it regardless of how good or bad my lesson is. I have yet to time having the camera on a great day, but I have timed it for some bad days :P. I record my lessons because it is another great tool to use so I can see what I am doing wrong. I know some people who record every hour long lesson…I know I don’t have time for that! A few minutes every once and a while is enough to remind me of all the things I need to work on.
Just watching this video is great. I wanted to share some of the canter work from my last lesson. It is a good learning tool. It is not the best canter work you will ever see, but it is great to see what I am doing wrong and what my trainer has to say about it. I can clearly see that while I FEEL like I am totally vertical verging on falling off backwards I am actually tilted forward! Good to know for the future. I can also see that my hands need A LOT of work, but it is good to really see how much better they are already. I just need to keep getting better. So without further ado, you can watch some of my lesson if you want to.
So the other good thing about taping a lesson is seeing how far you have come. I am still not happy with my riding, we need way more jump in the canter and my hips need to be able to move, but I know that we are getting better at least! The bad thing is that I am not sure how much we will be improving over the next few months. Why? Because I have decided to take a break from leasing the schoolmaster over the winter. I will start it up again in March, but I have been having a hard time getting to the barn two days a week to ride. How sad is that? I am not sure what is going on with me…I went from riding 5 days a week to now only riding 1…and that is my choice.
I used to spend a significantly larger amount of time and money on horses every month. Now I am happy with only having a lesson a week and seeing my Gennyral everyday. I think I got burned out with Phoenix. I hope I am not a weekly lesson kid forever. Although think of all the money I would save if I was! My trainer thinks that it is just a phase. She thinks that as soon as show season starts I am going to be back to my horse crazy self. I am not so sure, because I am honestly not sure if I want to even show next year. I really hope my trainer is right. The old me would never chose a fancy dinner in NYC over a chance to ride a horse who has half steps! I guess only time will tell if the new me is here to stay or I will go back to being the horse crazy girl that I am. Anyone else out there gone through the same thing?