Rain was in the forcast today and I had an appointment with the eye doctor at 10 AM. Dr T's operation is a well oiled machine and I was out by 10:30. No rain yet - so I headed to Mallory's Paradise to get a ride in on Sister before the rain came in. Amazingly, I had all my riding gear in my Honda Farm Truck.
After a brief lounging session, we started working on trot and bend in the round pen. Since left bend is difficult, that is what we focused on. When going to the left, I really struggled to keep my weight even. Sister seems to be right sided and so do I. So, I tried to keep my left leg on at the girth and I was inconsistant - so Sister was too. Leg-yield right was the correction I could get after not getting bend. So C suggested we work on my seat.
First, we worked to the right so that I could focus on my position without worrying about left bend. Within 2 minutes, we had uncovered a real issue. My left shoulder moves up and forward - so, my left seatbone lightens and my right side gets heavy. Not just a little. Yikkes! So, I practiced sitting deeper, rotating my shoulders back and level, and NOT leaning back. I made some progress and Sister was pretty consistant, keeping trot regular on a fairly loose rein. Next we reversed direction.
A few rain drops fell while I was loading up and the rain really came down shortly thereafter. But some sun came through too making a beautiful rainbow. I take that as a sign the we can overcome all our issues. Yaya!