I have several instances to reference here, but I'll stick with the most recent incident:
Following our totally bad-ass work with some increased collection and really pushing into our transitions. Prairie apparently rolled a 3 with her dice and promptly landed on a giant Chute that sent us back to square one.
|See that big long slide from square 87 down to 24. Yeah. We landed on that.|
|The *new* pyramid|
Where we lost it this week was really Relaxation. Prairie started getting all chompy and antsy and trying to "bust out" of my aids. Which led to a lack of balance which in turn led to a reappearance of the dreaded scoot.
But this time, instead of just hscooting when all hell breaks loose, she's using it as a semi-regular response to a normal half halt. Let me paint you a picture:
We're trotting, nicely might I add, but I feel our tempo speed up and the weight shift to the forehand. So I rebalance with a little half halt, leg-seat-close-the-outside-rein and BLAMO!
Inverted, blastoff! we race! we scurry! we gallop around the arena.
A'hem. mare? Is your brain is still attached. and I just asked for a half halt.
Thinking I must have missed something, I didn't make a big deal and returned to our normal trot. So we trot, until things start to loose ideal balance and I throw in a half halt
BLAMO! inverted blastoff! we run, we scoot. I pulley rein, she flies sideways. I run her into a corner, she sidepasses out of it, we gallop in a very terrible circle.
Irritating is an understatement.
Then, on another ride, S sets up two cavaletti at the center of a figure eight so we can criss cross back and forth. We start by walking over it, which should be cake, but every time we approach the 6" cavaletti, we leap and jump and BLASTOFF!!!!!!
Yeah I dunno.
So we walked over them for a good 20 minutes until we could walk over them without cause for alarm. Then we trotted, which took another 20 minutes to settle into an easy, even trot without drama at every pole.
Weird much? Pretty sure we're at the bottom of the Pyramid as we definitely don't have a Rhythm, and I'm quite certain Relaxation was not a part of the picture...
We've had a few schools since then with slightly less drama and more responsiveness to a simple half halt, but WOW. Talk about square one.
Part of me feels like there must be big chunks of her foundation that are totally missing and every once in a while a giant sink hole opens up and we literally chute back to the bottom. Hence the freakouts over cavaletti (but 3'6" courses are not cause for alarm) and her ability to sit and her ass and pushing nicely in a walk/canter, but still totally blow through a baby half halt when she tips onto her forehand in the trot..