When my trainer texted me Saturday afternoon asking me if I was lessening on Sunday or waiting until Tuesday, I wasn’t sure the best answer. Simon had over a week off for his stitches to heal, and I while I was planning to ride that evening I wasn’t sure how he would be. I’m really eager to train for our next show (about a month away!), and figured worst case scenario I’d have a fresh horse. No big deal.
I tried to give him a nice hack Saturday night to take the edge off, and headed out with my lovely husband/videographer in tow for a Sunday morning lesson.
It was so fun!
Yes, he was fresh. Yes,I had some ugly spots and made some mistakes and our feel for lead changes wasn’t the best it has been… But for no jumping and no pro ride for 9 days I was thrilled!
Here’s some video – I edited out some circles trying to get leads at the end of the courses but left all the whoops as well as good moments.
- We are slowly developing the feel for doing the pace for horse strides without me feeling out of control. Still work to do, but it’s better!
- When I asked for the add, he added… Even though he was super fresh
- I am doing a better job at sitting up and waiting
- Jumps that used to scare me (brick wall) no longer do
- I ride all my courses with chicken wings. That’s easy to fix so I need to force myself into the habit.
- Our right to left lead change
- He likes to play with his head in the corners. This is only when he’s really fresh/happy so I’m not too worried.
What to Work On
- Strengthen the left lead canter
- Canter lots of poles so my eye improves
- No stirrup work!
Here are some jumping stills in case you don’t want to watch 3 minutes of amazing 2’0″ hunter action 😉
Super pumped to get back out to the barn and work hard! Hope everyone else had a great weekend of riding 🙂