Awesome, hard core jumping lesson yesterday! Made me remember just how much I love jumping, and with baby O it's 10x as fun since he is still learning and has his funny exuberant moments!
I was way too pooped out last night to really get into what all we did in the lesson so I left it for today so I don't leave anything out
Things I need to really really need to get down before the show:
+ Lower leg at the girth, no matter what!
+ Shoulders back, chest OPEN
+ STOP fidgeting with the outside rein to the left
+ Just use your inside leg for canter....really...ugh
+ GET those canter and trot trantions...now not three strides from now!
+ Breath, realxe, know he's taking care of you, he knows his job. LET HIM DO IT!
So I felt lik we got so much accomplished even if it was through seeing what looks ugly...now I know what to fix.
It was a very fun lesson, Ollie at one point got very opinionated when he brought a pole down and got all flubbergasted
between cracking up laughing, his ettempt at a buck/kick out while cantering and picking speed up around the corner I guess thought my trainer and I laughing at him was SO disrespectful that from mock 10 went into a reigning horse sliding stop and I almost went through his ear, of course this just made us laugh even more
It was just one of those baby moments where all you could do was ride through it with a smile!
So we did a lot of grid work, added in a 3rd jump, really worked on the left lead and throughout the lesson each round through he got more comfortable with himself and really relaxed into it and we had some amazing jumps...I just feel like a chicken, going along for the ride.
The first time over the barrel jump (barrels on there side acting as standards) he jumped what felt a good 5 feet plus...the words "OH ****" came flying out in mid air fallowed by lots of laughing!
So I'll be interested at the show to see how he reacts to the different colored jumps and flowers and oxers... Lol it will be a tattle tale on me more then anything!
I'm really not looking forward to having to memorize a course, it's been so long and I get a lot of anxiety when it comes to memmorizing things.
Tomorrow I will be working on MY body, keeping him under me and coming through and not over bent...straight strait straight!
Okay picture time!
Wish this picture came out better but it's a video still. Here he is light,under me, on the bit but not broken at the pole and my body is pretty right on.
Here my lower leg has slid back, I need to stop this, with getting it under me, at the girth can let him jump and not jump with him. The bend in my arms will be better, not so forced, but go with him.
In seeing what is wrong in the pictures and pointing out what I SHOULD do, not what I am doing makes me feel like: "why can't you just stop over thinking this whole thing and just do what you see you now need to do!" ugh so frustrating but all part of learning...
Oh look now my leg is where it should be, my reins shorter and up on his neck where they should be... My shoulders back and looking up...after the jump...lol
And what is this!?
Where is my leg!?
Why am I on his neck?
Why are my reins not shorter, hands up further?
At least I'm looking up....lol
So these photos are from the day before our jump lesson (3/25/13)
In seeing these and feeling the differences in yesterday's lessons I HOPE I can get it together by the show!
Here are some cute photos from AFTER our lesson, boy was he hot and sweaty and itchy and tired!! We both worked so hard!! I really am so lucky to have such a great horse to learn better riding on! I have high hopes we will go far together!
"Mom, that was so much fun! Let go again!"
"I'm ITCHY! Get this bridle off!! MOM!!! ITCHY!! DO IT NOW!!!"
"Oh thank you, nasty sweat all gone!!"
17 MORE DAYS!