Fry and I have now had TWO lessons without any refusals. I'm so proud of him!
Last week he was absolutely amazing...I jumped him a 2'6" course including oxars and a one stride combination and he only TRIED to stop once [and a smack with the crop got us over]. We were able to work on my position and I actually stopped shoving my hips in front of my shoulders for once!
Yesterday I rode with the barn owner 'cause my trainer was busy doing...something, and it was awesome. He had me jump a few little courses to get an idea for how I rode him [since I haven't ridden with him in a lesson in over a month] and then we just worked over a single fence, focusing on finding a good stride length and rhythm vs. being all strung out and fighting to find a distance. We also worked on me NOT looking down/having good posture and he forced me to make decisions and not second guess myself, like I tend to do. Every time I'd come up to the jump, he'd just chant, "look and feel, look and feel" and I stopped trying to actively find a distance and just let it...come, y'know? And, crazy enough, we didn't chip or leap ONCE! Frenchie also didn't refuse [I think he likes being outside].
Here are the videos from my lesson:
[I tried to focus on keeping my lower leg back/not sitting so much on my seatbones but...eh. I kinda forgot about it at the end of each course/when I was walking]
He was very wiggly down one of the lines, lol.
Just a few pictures...
My leg isn't AS far forward as it used to be...right?
We got kind of a long distance, haha
I don't know about you...but I think we've improved SOSOSOSO much since our first lesson together
PS - any thoughts on my release? I'm thinking that's going to be my summer project.