So, I decided to do the 2' division at yesterday's show. There just aren't too many shows around here at elementary level, so I figured it's the best way to find out if we're ready. We had one refusal at the 2nd fence. I knew he was sucking back, but didn't get to my crop soon enough. Oh well. At least I knew what was in his head this time. Puck is a 3rd fence horse. If I can get him through the first 3, he's on auto pilot. I was able to get video which I am extremely reluctant to post, (working up courage) but that sucker can jump! There were two oxers in there, which we've honestly practiced about zero times, and he no problem with either one. I froze the video a few times at takoff and his form looks pretty **** good to me. I was happy to see that, at least in one shot, mine was good too. The other I was jumping ahead, but already know where the fix is. I also need to get my butt out of the saddle a bit more, but that will all come with stronger legs.
We did a schooling XC course too with mixed results. A few times I had to opt for a cross rail instead of the solid beside it, but when he jumped, he apparently did it with style since we got a few compliments on what a cute jumper he is when we were done. Definitely have some work to do in terms of listening to his rider. Guess I baby him a bit more than I thought.
My friend/trainer and I agreed that I'm on the edge of everything clicking. We're finally starting to cook with gas. Yey!
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.