Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Johnson Creek, WI
We had a very interesting lesson today. We started out with a grid of bounces. Jack was trying really hard to think his way through it and he did get it eventually.
Then, because she didn't want them to be overloaded with that exercise, our trainer had us work on seeing our distances over a simple, tiny, vertical. First she put a little marker on the ground at the ideal take off spot and told us to aim for it. We biffed it a couple of times, but did pretty well. Then she had us pretend it was different types of jumps. The first oxer of the course, a triple bar, in and out or a vertical. She would have us keep going around and around and just yell out what the next jump was. It was to get us used to thinking about this different ways to treat different jumps, get us comfortable with jumping at different paces and keeping the pace the same even when we are trying to achieve something different.
For example: a nice impulsive, confident, forward canter that is in front of your leg for the first jump of the course, a big oxer (the first jump sets the tone for the entire course, so it's extremely important). A very forward and large stride with still being deep in the seat and in front of the leg for the triple bar. A much less forward, more up and down, canter still with impulsion to make it through the in and out.
I thought it was a lot of fun and we did tend to get our distances better when we had other things to consider instead of just staring down the jump as we come up on it. Jack really liked tearing across the arena for the "triple bar". We were still in control and I was still the one choosing our distances but we were really booking it around the ring!
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