We had our first lesson tonight, and it went swimmingly! I had both been very excited and very nervous about it, but there was no reason to be worried. I talked about my goals with my trainer and our past issues, and then we got to work.
Right away I realized the pace of the trot I ride with Simon is much faster than what S wants me to have. This is familiar, because its the same message that my dressage trainer gave me last summer. Lucky for me, our dressage lessons gave me tools to change his pace easily so we were able to get the speed that S wanted without any fight.
Also she pointed out how much he likes to bend to the outside (especially traveling left) and instead of ignoring it like I usually do unless we are working on serpentines S had me fix it. Every time. No trotting until it’s fixed at the walk.
After working on some spiral ins, we trotted some poles and the cantered some. I learned that while I need to work on a slow trot, I also need to build a longer canter stride while floating so I get used to what the horse strides are going to feel like when we jumped.
And then… We jumped! Some trot cross rails, some trot in canter outs… Nothing super fancy but it felt so good to jump my horse. S picked out a few of my flaws immediately which I will work on, but overall she was very complimentary of my riding. Made me feel good!
The only down side is that S said he looked off at first but 10-15 steps in world out of it. I shouldn’t be shocked, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t put a little feeling of unease in me. I have noticed lately that he rests his RH 90% of the time compared to his LH. Still, the vet says exercise is what he needs for the fusing and if we are pushing him too much with jumping than we will know. So I’ll just keep an eye on things, and he may need injections closer to 3-4 months out than 6. This is a process but it won’t be forever if I listen to him, my trainer and my vet.