Oh my goodness gracious! Nelson and I had a BLAST yesterday. We signed up for specific clinic offered through our Eventing Organization to ride with a local Eventer named Sue Moessner. She is a very talented and educated rider who is climbing the Eventing Ladder very well.
I learnt so much from her, and this specific clinic was focusing on establishing a proper Coffin Canter and how to use it for particular fences while out on the CC course.
Establishing it was very difficult for me, because I wanted to use alot of seat, but with Nelson I cannot do that, because I cut him in 1/2. So Sue worked 1 on 1 with me quite often to help me ride to meet Nelson's particular needs.
We worked on establishing a Coffin Canter for water obsticles because in the water our horses feet slow down, but we as the rider must establish that pop/energy in order to beable to ride through it, jump through it and out of it.
We also worked on the importancies of a Coffin Canter for Ditches and actual Coffin fences, and also for table tops and platforms.
I had a great time! Sue moved Nelson and I up to Training Level because we were riding the Novice fences with ease and excitement. She was surprised at the end of the clinic to hear that Nelson is 21! She told me that he would of easily gone 4* in his younger days, because he was ALOT of pop/spark and "Go get er" personality. She told me Nelson is the type of horse that many Top Level Eventers look for because he's the horse that would carry them well and successfully.
I was swooning! Lol.
Anyways, here are some pictures:
LOVE this picture! This is a Training Level drop into the water. And Sue had us gallop through establishing a Coffin Canter *was very tough for me* without sitting on his back, and then she had us jumping out over a Training Level Log. We failed 3 times, and got it right the 4th time. Lol Everytime we failed, she would ask me what I did wrong and what am I going to do to correct it......it was "upstairs" but doing it is another story.
Training Level Ditch:
Listening to Sue discuss importancies of Coffin Canters while doing ditches:
Then some vids:
This one sue was incorporating drop fences. We were just going down it and back up it and repeat..
Then this one, we are incorporating water. Jumping in, Coffin Canter through, Jump out, jump the drop, and come back and repeat. Lol
This one is the 3rd attempt through the Training Drop, Coffin Canter through and jump out over a Training Log. I was getting frustrated at this point because I couldn't get the jump out correct.
That's when Sue said to me "You can't sit on this horses back" and I had to go back to my Functional 2 Point, while establishing the Coffin Canter - the 4th time, we got it right. Whew.
This one was alot of fun! Jumping a Training Level Hedge, to a Novice 1/2 Coffin, to a Trianing Level 1/2 Coffin, to the Training Level Platforms *I always forget the name of these blasted things* to a Training Level Trak fence.
I had so much fun! I have OOOBER TONS of homework to do. Lots of flat work establishing controlability through my core and chest, and Coffin Canters. Whew.
Our next HT is August 15th, and were DOING NOVICE! *keeps fingers crossed that Nelson doesn't hurt himself from now and then* lol