Update On Things
Haven't updated you guys in awhile. Cayden has been doing pretty good minus her being super fresh and excitement about jumping. Like this more LOVES to jump now, it's so strange.xD I've been having a barn friend of mine riding her this week since I've been trapped in my house from all the snow we had. We had four snows days! The snow is slowly melting thankfully, but I still can't get to the barn and my best friend's mom was so kind as to take us to our lesson so I wouldn't have to cancel a second time. Today she less fresh and did really well and even jumped over two fences she didn't get to look at all just fine. Our bending lines need a little more work. We've been trying different bits since she doesn't listen to the snaffle bit at all nor my trainer's Dr.Bristol. We've been riding her bridle-less the past month but it's putting a lot of pressure on her nose band, and she doesn't like that too much even though she's trying to be a good girl and not make a fuss about it. We're going to try a Prelim bit and a mechanical hackamore (not at the same time obviously lol) and see if either of those works. Also, I'm getting a riser pad to help life the saddle of her back to help relieve any pain should be having (even though she doesn't really show any signs, but I just want to see if that makes a difference on anything). Next year, I'm hoping to take dressage lessons over the summer to help Cayden being more responsive to my aids and balancing her out (and maybe be able to do a show or two). We're hoping to ride from this one trainer (I've taken a couple EQ lessons from her two years ago) and we got on really well. She actually told me if I ever was serious about dressage, she would have me ride her 17hh level 4 dressage mare and could take me really far in the dressage world. She almost rode in the Rolex in eventing in her 20's I think, but her horse pulled up lame. So who knows, if I really do end up liking dressage a lot and want to take it seriously, there's a slight chance I would switch disciplines. So that's where that stands.
Our lesson was super good today even though I almost fell (my fault, I accidently leaned to far forward over to early and she refused and jumped sideways. Then their was this other trainer training her two students, and she never warned me that her one of her students was coming towards me until AFTER she had jumped the fencer, and thankfully the other rider was able to get out of the way because Cayden wouldn't move fast enough. I apologized afterwards and she said it was fine cause this mare is so quiet. Like literally so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Lmao. She was so rude to my best friend though, like Ed ( the horse my friend rides) kept backing up and spooking a bit and she laughed, but when it came to my horse spooking at her she was so much nicer to me and was "sorry if I'm spooking you Cayden". Idk, that trainer is so bizarre...
Also! I don't know if I told you guys this, but we jumped 2'9" for the first time ever last month! I think this mare really could jump 3ft with more training over 2'9" which my trainer hasn't done yet; we're only jumping 2'3 and 2'6", which I don't mind cause it's been super cold here and we don't want to push her too hard. Plus my best friend rides an older horse (he's like 21 I think?) so yeah.