There’s lots going on here in blog and real life land throughout the rest of the year. For the blog, I’ve got some really fun things planned for y’all for the holiday season. Just about wrapping up prep and organization, so expect some details soon 🙂
On the horse front, we’re getting ready for the year end horse show in two weeks. By getting ready, I mean trying not to panic because this show is always my favorite and I really want to do well. Still, we’ve come a long way this year especially with some setbacks, so I have to remember that ribbons don’t necessarily equal success.
Speaking of success, I want to do a short video post today from the large jumping lesson over the weekend. The jumps ranged from 2’9″ to a little under 3’3″ and were a good illustrator of some of my flaws right now. First, an action packed video that may be entertaining for some of you that don’t necessarily enjoy technical riding videos.
In case you’re not familiar with iMovie, that’s one of their “trailers”. They’re silly, but super fun to throw video clips into and be ridiculous. Here are the real videos though, showing all kinds of fun mistakes and sketchy equitation.
Things I’m happy about:
- He’s jumping super cute
- He was more clean for this lesson at the increased height than he was in our first lesson
- He genuinely enjoyed the bigger jumps
- For the most part, we got the strides (although these were set shorter on purpose for an exercise fyi)
Things that need improvement:
- My lower leg is swinging like crazy
- I seem to be catching him in the mouth very slightly on the way down… not holding my release long enough? Need to ask my trainer
- We had difficulty with lead changes and I need to remember that when we up the difficulty in something (courses, higher jumps) I need to ask for simple changes or halts in the corner so he doesn’t get overloaded
- For combinations, I need to take one jump at a time and not panic and quit or just sit there. The time in the video where we go long and bang a rail down, I just froze so Simon made the decision for both of us to add. Whoops!
It’s okay though, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Any tips from you big jumping folks out there about flat exercises to get stronger as well as improve one’s eyes? I already have a lot of no stirrups and canter poles in my future for sure.