Okay here's the scoop! I haven't been able to ride consistantly and I feel like if I look at the mistakes I was making before I can prevent/stop the bad traits before they start again...does that make sense? Do you think it will work? Also, I would like to know if I/ the horse has improved.
First, here's a little background/vent on why I haven't been riding:
So the month of December was a complete bum for me...I was super busy with school and I had two other girls ride the horse I lease. Both were home from college. When I finally had to time to ride during winter break, about two weeks later, I found out that Bravely has started to rear! To say the least I was very upset and worried. I worked with my three trainers and an adult who know the horse very well and we worked out a reason and plan. We, having ruled out ANY physical problems, have concluded that it was because he was ridden by girls much stronger then me. They were using draw reins and a strong bit - I was previously using the same things but I am not a strong and have very soft hands. With all of these variables he had no where to go but up. He has since only been ridden by an adult I trust and myself with loopy reins so he knows he can go other places other then up. I will not let draw reins on him and he is being ridden in a happy mouth/port. PLEASE DO NOT CRITIQUE, I know what went wrong and am working with adults who I trust to continue to move past this!
In January I rode for a few days when I went ice skating and sprained both my wrists. I had to take a week off because I had to wear brace things. About half way through that week I was taking a shower and I fainted. When I went to the doctor for a normal dr appointment that happened to be that day, the doctor was very worried and told me to get blood work done and have an EKG. When we got the results back I was told to go to pediatric cardiologist. Meanwhile I was told not even to "think about getting on top of a horse!" The quickest appointment I could schedule was about two weeks away...so two weeks without riding. My appointment happened and the results came back that everything was fine! Thank goodness!
That was Tuesday - I have not been to school since then...why? Because I have a cold and can't stop coughing and my nose is SO congested! Ahhh! So I rode today because I couldn't stay home for a 5th day in a row!
So to say the least, these photos ARE NOT RECENT! I am hoping that if I can reacknowledge my faults and try to fix them while I start riding again. So here are the photos. They are going back in time so keep that in mind. When I started riding him last year he was very strong and fresh - you will see from his trot and his jump. The recent photos show him cantering the jumps - he can do the 3'6" but I am certainly not ready!
Photo 1-5 = most recent/same show
Photo 6-7 = same show
Photo 8 = show, warming up - this is the picture that best shows how I am riding him now. He gets to stick his head out and be a happy hunter!
Photo 9 -10 = One of our first shows