We lessoned yesterday and worked on a figure 8 at the trot over 2 little jumps. Lane decided to add draw reins to our arsenal to try to get him to round up over the jumps instead of sort of hopping over it. It was pretty much a hot mess. I couldn't stay with him since he couldn't really figure out the trot jumps and the point of the draw reins was to prevent him from having a release so he would round instead. Lane said there was improvement by the end.
The farrier did Jack's feet after our lesson. We decided to add hind shoes since we was chipping so much but I wasn't really sold on the benefit of the extra cost. I did get to spend some time with the farrier and ask him a bunch of questions. He was very helpful and answered them all plus more. I really appreciated that he was willing to take the extra time to explain some things to me and he really seemed to know what he was doing.
Today I took pictures while Kim and Cindy did their lesson and then I worked in the draw reins again. Things went a little better today, but I hate how he pulls me forward when using the draw reins. I feel all hunched over again and can't get myself up. Lane says it's a process and not to worry about it too much. Just keep trying to get myself up when I can. When we did the course though, he went really nicely. Other than the pulling it was kind of lovely. She said that she can already see that he moves better and jumps better with the hind shoes. She even asked if I was interested in doing the hunters and the jumpers. If he continues to improve his style we can do the baby green hunters this summer which would be really cool. Kim said he was jumping with cute little hunter knees and Lane said his arch was much slower and not so rushed looking.
Lane wants me to do private lesson so I am lessoning tomorrow and saturday and hacking sunday.