On Christmas Eve I had one of the best jump lessons I've had in a long time! I got to ride Nissi, one of the New Zealand horses that's here for showing/selling and it was such an experience!
I'm so used to really having to ride each distance, because with Willie he needs that to make the horse strides instead of adding at every line, and Nissi is one of those horses you pretty much put on cruise control. It was extremely hard for me to let her see the distances, because I feel like I have to ride her every stride of the line, which she really does not like. It wasn't a perfect lesson and that was all my fault and due to my inexperience, but in like 30 minutes I learned so much about how I usually ride! It's been so long since I've ridden a more "hunter type" jumping horse because I've either ridden Willie or horses that were very green to jumping and needed rider guidance. This mare is just a jumping machine!
I ended up jumping about 3'6"-3'9" with her and I wish I had pictures (but there was nobody to take any). Hopefully I'll dig my camera charger out of a box soon (if I can find it) and I'll have it on hand for the next time there's someone around to get photos! It just boosted my confidence so much to be able to jump that high again and get over the few issues we did have. At one point Nissi had a PERFECT canter coming in over the first jump then I saw my distance and tried to ride it and ended up giving her a half halt when she didn't really need one and she was like, "What the heck?! Oh well now I'm not jumping this!" That really gave her confidence a hit and when I tried to ride the line again she refused the first fence and then I really had to work to get her back over that jump because she was under the impression that it was scary and yeah...totally my fault, but we got it back into gear and did a short little 8 jump course (out of four jumps, but multiple lines) and we did great!
I really can't wait to ride her again! It's going to be even better!