Had a flat lesson this am. G (an incredibly sweet lady) was riding Buster and I was on good ol'
Magic. He managed to sulk in the farthest part of their pasture when I went out for him. Then he pinned his ears the whole time I was grooming him. Then the hook holding my saddle gave way, scratching up the front a bit. An auspicious start to my ride to say the least. Luckily I just laughed it all off and had a decent ride.
I think it all finally clicked that when I get neat the corners I have to stop chiding myself on my eq and make sure Magic is going to bend properly through the turn, even if there are spooky things happening at the open end of the arena. He worked much better at this, and I Worked at keeping my hind end back in the saddle at the canter, while keeping him with me. Ouchy, but a pretty good ride overall. I stayed focused, and he didn't try to get heavy (amazing what paying attention ahead of time does lol).
Then we did ground poles and I worked at not staring down at them (uh duh probably a big part of my fall) and staying centered, it was actually a really good lesson. I feel like while jumping is fun, I learn more from lessons like this.
Once I'm a bit less sore, I'm going to start taking more lessons per week, and upping my hours at work for some more horse $$$. Lets face it, if I get a horse, it should be a packer at this point in my riding life. No shame in that.