Monday night I had a line lesson with Doc. Laurie brought some toys out to the round pen, and had an extremely evil grin on her face. While I wondered what the hand weights were for, I think I knew what I would be doing with the playdoh and the ball.
The reins were tied and resting on Doc's neck, and I was challenged to catch the ball that Laurie tossed at me. I was not able to catch the ball often when we were tracking clockwise, and I learned last night just how poorly coordinated I am! I dropped the ball more than I caught it!
Next, I was given the playdoh , and told to make a heart. Then a bird, and then a fish. My sculpting skills need work. Never having thought that I would need to be able to mold clay while trotting on horseback, I have neglected that particular artistic skill.
Then Laurie started tossing the ball at me again, but I just couldn't catch it! Taking a break from that futile exercise, she had me drop my stirrups and placed a hand weight on each foot. Then I was supposed to keep them on my feet while posting the trot. If both weights fell off, I had to two-point the entire circumference of the round pen. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in the two-point, circling the round pen! I did make him trot to get around faster, but Doc isn't exactly the fastest horse on the property. When she put the hand weights away, Laurie said I actually kept them on longer than most people.
The line lessons make me realize how poor my balance really is. If I keep having one a week, I hope it improves!