Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Gotta love Bounces eh!
First, I just want to say - good for you for staying persistant and continueing to try, try and try again. I LOVE THE MUSIC! What a great idea to add that in, made it very amusing! I love your sense of humor about it - what I want to ask, before you read is - is what did you learn from this?
You have to realize that horses jump blindly. They cannot see the fence when they are about 2 strides away from it. When they are approaching the fence from a distance, they see it in 2's. Then when they get about 5 strides away, it merges into 1, and then as already stated - when they are about 2, it completely dissapears from their line of vision, so *not all* horses will rely on their riders body position, solidity to get them over the fence.
So on your 1st approach, you weren't solid. You allowed holes to seep into your "Tunnel" on approach, which gave your adorable fellow the opportunity to seep out.
When you approach Bounces, combinations and skinnies - you have to imagine that you are riding your horse into a tunnel. So that means you have to drive through your seat and leg, keep your horse between your legs, keep your horse infront of you, and mean it through your body.
Drive. Don't allow any openings to occur. So your horse started to drift to your left, and you used your right aids, abandoning your left and not closing the opened door. So, your horse said "okee dokee" and took it. Repeatedly.
When you actually got through, he was already taking the open door to his left before he took the first fence, when he landed, he went out - and again, you used your right aids, instead of your left to close the opened door.
Great job for getting it done, but remember - 99% of errors that occur, is rider. Which is ok, heck I flub up so many times, but if we don't error, we don't learn.
I would love to know what you learnt from your lesson in the "bounce of death". Great job for staying on, and staying persistant.