Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Insight

Yesterday was the Mary Ellen Barry Seminar.  It didnt start out to well. In the first set up Miley wasnt collecting over a jump. Here is part of the set up. I didnt put the whole course on here because it is her course.
When I would send her out to #5 she wasnt collecting going over that jump to #6.She was jumping in extension and then dropping the bar. She asked me if Miley knew how to collect and I said yes.  So we did a lot of work with her just at  bar #5 trying to get her to collect with no turning cue.  She really didnt want to do it.  So I have homework to do.  Anytime there was a pinwheel type jump  during the day she didnt collect. Hmmm.  So after the very first run I was very upset. Was she injured?  I know she knows how to collect.  What the heck? She kept dropping bars.    But it got better from there. And on the next course there were two places she had to collect and did it well. So it seems to be in places that have a pinwheel type jump.


So here is the big news of the seminar.  Im doing my front crosses flat footed which is causing me to get stuck, even for just a second. This is causing Miley to read it as a deceleration cue and she goes off course. That doesnt happen every time but sometimes it just causes me to get behind.  MEB thought it might just be my sprained ankle. But I went back and watched a bunch of video and there it was plan as day. So something for me to work on that will greatly help me. Also the way Im doing my front crosses is  causes me to have to take more steps , again getting me behind.  When ever Im not giving Miley information, Miley chooses for herself where she is suppose to go.  Off course.

Here is the course and we were practicing front crossing between  #4 and #5. Also in the beginning we were doing lead out pivots. You can see I need to practice that. I just posted this small part of the video to show you my flat footed front cross and then Miley goes off course.  Its more noticeable here because of my sprained ankle but I had no problem noticing it on other older videos too.



Also I usually dont like to do post turns because Miley doesnt read them well. Uh, that because Im not doing them correctly. LOL I stand still to long and of course Miley says she isnt getting information so she picks what obstacle comes next. Off course we go. LOL When I post turn I need to step back and turn. Not stand still while turning. It worked much better when I did it correctly. So lots of things to work on.

My ankle held up really well. It did hurt to run but it wasnt bad. It started throbbing on the way home. And this morning it was throbbing but it wasnt painful to walk. So I did the cold to hot bucket of water treatments. Man, those work really well. My ankle feels so much better after those treatments. Much better than just icing it down. I wonder why Ive never heard of this before. The only bad thing was , because I was doing so well, I walked the dogs for one hour at the park without a splint. Ugh, now my ankle hurts and it swollen. More bucket treatments.

10 comments:

Lian said...

After reading the first part of this post, I know beginning to question myself why Saturn couldn't or do not want to collect himself when we have this pinwheel sequence, especially if this is the start of a course. Thanks for sharing, this is so helpful and make me seriously think about my dogs and myself.

Glad your ankle is held up well at the seminar and you were able to run the courses.

Priscilla said...

Take it easy!!! You're getting there :)

Sara said...

Huh. Fascinating. I think I do that with my feet a lot. I always feel like my feet get stuck to the floor.

Glad your foot made it through the day.

Dawn said...

Take it easy on that ankle! If you go back too fast you'll only slow down the recovery. Heck, I'm preaching to the choir here...

anyway...

glad you got so much good information out of the seminar! Did Miley learn a lot too?

Ricky the Sheltie said...

It's fantastic that you are getting such good and specific information that might help you so much - MEB must be very good at analyzing motion.

I never heard of the cold to hot water treatments either but glad they help you. Keep the brace on then and you'll make it through the weekend!

Jules said...

Well, that alone is worth th eprice of the seminar!

Morganne said...

Wow! That is great feedback! I love it when I take away great information from a seminar!

For the LOPivot, did she have you practice the extension RTH on the flat first?

Kathy said...

LOVE MEB, and sounds like you got a great seminar with some great things to work on, I always think of how Susan Garrett says Embrace your Holes, because then you have things to work on, and how fantastic you are at the level in agility where it is not what you are doing but you are to where you get to start to be careful about just how you do things, you guys are just getting better every day!

That looked painful with your ankle, glad you are doing more bucket treatments!

Cynthia said...

Sounds like you got some good information! Sometimes, in seminars, i just get lost or no good feedback, but I don't really like seminars. LOL

Dawn P said...

hmmm... haven't been keeping up on your blog. i'm having big problems with FC. i wonder if i'm doing something similar.