though it was only 10 degrees outside it was absolutely beautiful and
relatively warm feeling without the wind blowing. Had a lot of fun with
Aspen and played with our new Feather Lines for the first time today -
LOVE the FL! It was great to have a light feel on her and allow for more
of a Liberty-style interaction.
Played with a few things that I took some video of -
circles, figure-8's and sideways. The videos provided lots of helpful
feedback and I have some new ideas for how I need to adjust my energy,
position, and timing to get a better response from her. If you watch the
clips you'll see where there are a few times I just needed to stop and
refocus, slow down, and start smaller when it wasn't going as planned. I
really need to work on finding a balance of sticking with a task long
enough to make a difference and at the same time not getting too direct
I saw a pretty good neutral in my circles but when asking
for the change of direction I needed to prepare myself (and therefore
Aspen) just a bit more by allowing her time to see and understand my
request before moving onto the next step. I need to run back
farther/faster to keep our energy up and allow her time to come forward
and through the turn rather then get stuck and brace against me a little
while losing momentum.
In my figure-8's I need to be careful
not to have puppet arms and be able to raise my rope/lead zone 1 without
lifting my stick at the same time. I also need to step out and run back
farther/faster to help encourage a more fluid turn around the buckets.
I'm not overly excited with everything on the tape but am grateful for
what I've learned from watching myself and hope to greatly improve it
over the next few days. Watch for updates!