Let me start off this lesson recap blog post by noting two very important things.
One – my trainer said that if we had been able to ride consistently for the past two months, we wouldn’t be having any of the problems we’re having.
Two – a barn friend’s boyfriend took pictures of our lesson, and he’s basically the best person ever. I owe him brownies.
With that being said, I’m going to keep this on the shorter side today for a few reasons. I can mostly distract you with pictures, I have a lot of blog related emails I need to catch up on and if I write too much I think I’ll get pretty negative. I wish I could tell you that I felt super prepared for the show this weekend, but what I do feel is that each jumping lesson we have gets a little better. Also, my horse is really game and happy to be doing hard courses again.
We started off the lesson with a simple set of three, and I felt like my goals today were to sit up and keep a nice forward pace. The forward part was mostly successful. Unlike our last jumping lesson, I didn’t freeze at any of the bigger fences and let him totally peter out. Progress!
After that we had a problem with him wanting to be really heavy approaching the jump. Instead of sitting up and supporting him, I would just drop him and we had some ugly jumps. I had to take a moment to get my head in the game, because I have mental problems.
Third course I did a better job of holding him up, but we had a crazy case of the zig zags. Simon likes to jump left over fences anyway, and when he wants to add a stride (and I subconsciously approve of this decision because leaving long is scary) he will zig or zag. Add a super twisty course with a lot of roll backs and bending lines and a rider not giving clear direction, and the zig zags were pretty extreme.
So after a terrifying course of, “LEFT NO RIGHT NO LEFT NO AHHHH” I got quite firm with my “STAY STRAIGHT YOU NUTTY HORSE” aids. This is to say that I wasn’t perhaps as soft as Simon would have liked, but we did stay a lot straighter over the jumps and have some nice moments.
Rome wasn’t build in a day. Or in my base, re-built in a day?