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    02-07-2013, 07:57 PM
Today we did the same exercise as yesterday with a tiny oxer. It was a lot of fun again. Cindy joined us as well and we were all laughing. Kim and I did an exercise where we would do a tight turn at each end of the ring and then take off down the long side. Lane was trying to get us to work on getting an immediate response from the horses to go faster. Jack was having a blast!

Then we worked on a line trying to apply what we had just worked on. It was a short 6 stride and we did it in 6, 5 and 4 strides. Jack stopped the first time but Lane said I responded appropriately. It went ok but we did biff it a couple of times again.

Lane is trying to set up a schooling show at our barn for next month. I really hope it falls on my weekend off because it sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.
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    02-10-2013, 11:05 AM
I had a lesson Friday night after work this week. My Mom came to watch. She hadn't seem us ride in a couple of months so there was a pretty big difference for her. Lane set up a one stride grid of 4 jumps. Jack did awesome! He did a great job studying the jumps and figuring things out. At first he would jump the first ones flat and then have to scramble to get back to jump the last ones. By the time we were done he was landing closer to the jumps and jumping rounder. Even my Mom said she could see a big difference through the lesson. At the end we were jumping 3'3". He has plenty of scope to make it over bigger jumps and Lane says he really thinks about what he is doing which is a really great trait.
    02-16-2013, 07:29 PM
Great lesson today. We had worked on cantering poles on the ground and doing 12' strides and 10' strides with 6 strides in each in our last lesson. Today we just had a 12' 4 stride then a diagonal vertical, diagonal oxer and 6 stride line. We had a little trouble at first but our last course was **** near perfect! Even my trainer was just like, well I think we should end there! It felt really good and I'm really glad we are heading in the right direction.

Kim had lessoned before I got there and apparently Adam was horrible so I'm glad it wasn't something in the water.
    02-17-2013, 03:46 PM
Pretty good lesson today. The problems were with me, not Jack so I can't complain. We did a course, which it seems like we haven't really done in a while. Diagonal vertical, outside line in 6, diagonal oxer, all the way around to diagonal from the outside rolling back to oxer, diagonal oxer around to diagonal vertical bending line to oxer in 6. It went pretty well. Found out that Jack absolutely loves swedish oxers! I never would think a horse would like a specific type of jump, but there you have it. After the entire course he was throwing his head around in the horsey equivalent to "weeeee" and my trainer was laughing her butt off.

I need to work on my releases though. I'm just still so uptight right before takeoff that I just don't release properly.
    02-22-2013, 08:58 PM
Flat lesson on Wednesday. We continued to work on lateral movement and crisp transitions. Jack has a tendency to lean in on downward transitions and Lane says that I soften instead of staying firm so he doesn't get rewarded for it. The Kim and I went to the spa for their anniversary package. 1 hour massage, 1 hour facial and a pedicure for $100! Then it was off to work for a short 6 hour shift. It was really a wonderful day.

Yesterday we worked on a single vertical and I couldn't see my spots at all from the right lead. Left lead was ok. It definitely made a difference when I looked up past the jump after I got close to it. I really do tend to stare down the jump instead of looking past it.

Tonight I went to the barn after work and thought that I was possibly going to hack Jack but Lane had already ridden him so she had me ride Steve. She said she didn't have a lot of time but we could jump around just a little bit and she wouldn't charge me for a lesson. Steve needed to be ridden anyways. He was being a bit sluggish and was really looking at the jumps. We came up to the swoop jump and I thought he was going to stop so I sort of sat back but he launched over it from a stand still and I popped off. I was unharmed but felt a little bit stupid. There was a nice imprint from my butt in the dirt. I got back on and we re-did it successfully.

I have to work this weekend so no riding until next wednesday =(
    02-28-2013, 06:43 PM
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.
    03-01-2013, 04:25 PM
We continued working over small fences with draw reins today. Jack did well again. Lane said that baby green hunters is 2'3" to 2'6" so I think that would be good for him for the extra classes. He doesn't have to work very hard to get over that size jump.

I have really found recently that if I look up past the jump (like you are supposed to do) it makes such a huge difference with my spots. This is especially was obvious when we are trotting the jumps. I can't do trot jumps unless I focus on looking up past the jump. It helps for me to see if being so obvious and I hope that will get it into my head better.
    03-07-2013, 04:48 PM
Yesterday Lane rode Jack so I could see him go. I haven't seen him ridden in a couple of months and she wanted me to see what a huge difference his pretty new hind shoes have made.

I took some videos and pictures for future reference. I wish I could post them but I still can't get them off my camera! I was very pleased to see how much better he was using his hind end. He spends more time on each leg and flexes much better in his hocks. He just seems so much more comfortable.

Now we can get down to working on his jumping form and strengthening his hind end properly. We also need to get better muscles on his neck too. He needs to gain a little bit more weight to be appropriate for the hunters. I'm going to start him on a coat supplement next month and get him a fly sheet to protect his coat. I don't think there is much I can do about his tail. It's a pretty standard TB tail; bushy on the top and then withers to nothing. Lol.

Fortunately, I have a hunter bridle and saddle pad and Kim has a breastplate that I can use if I need it. I hope we won't need a martingale but I need to clarify if I need to get a standing martingale and leather girth. I have all I need for myself in the show ring other than classic appropriate clothing. I was really looking forward to not wearing tall boots, oh well. Hehe.

Our lesson today was alright. We worked on a grid and tried jumping without draw reins to see where we were at. Lane was happy with how Jack went but it felt awkward to me so I will have to get used to it. Lesson again tomorrow.
    03-16-2013, 04:38 PM
Tried to lesson earlier this week and the door to the arena was broken so it was 19 degrees in there. I don't think that Jack would have appreciated that ride with no hair and all.

Worked in a grid again on thursday. I used to like grid work but I'm having such a hard time with the trot approach to get into it that I just sorta suck at the rest of it. Lane is still happy with how he is coming along though. I was glad on friday that the grid was ignored and we worked on a line. 5,6 and 7 strides. We did well overall but it was a short approach on the right lead and it was just so hard to get my approach right. It was frustrating me considerably.

The horses were all vaccinated on thursday so Jack has been a little sore the last couple of days. We took it pretty easy today and did a short course. That same line from yesterday was really the only thing that tripped us up. I had one round that was pretty nice other than that line. I will hack tomorrow but probably pretty light since he's been sore. He'll have monday and tuesday off anyways.

The florida crew returns this week =( That means that we get kicked out of the main barn and moved to the back barn. I'm also not really looking forward to the head trainers comments on us changing to hunters. He told me Jack moved too crappy to do hunters last time we talked. I realize that Jack moves differently now that he has his hind shoes and we've been working with the draw reins, but I'm assuming that he isn't really going to impress Kyle. Lane keeps insisting that Jack will do really well in the hunters and we are only going to be able to afford to do "B" circuit stuff this year so maybe he will be competitive in that arena.
    03-21-2013, 02:56 PM
Had really nice lessons yesterday and today. Jack is jumping really nicely and is just traveling more softly. Lane is very pleased with how he is coming along and is confident that we will be very competitive on the B circuit and even hold our own in the A circuit. That would be quite impressive to me. Someone visiting at the barn today asked why Jack moves down to the lower barn when the rest come home. I joked that the other horses are the expensive ones. Lane said not to worry, that Jack would be one of those horses soon enough.

Today we even took off the draw reins since we were jumping a 3 foot oxer and Jack still jumped most of the course very nicely.

I find that really concentrating on looking up past the jump helps me get my distances better. I also need to stop picking at Jack when we are coming around corners. He feels to me like he is stalling out and going to stop but apparently he doesn't look like it at all. When I try to leg him up or use my leg to get him to yield over then she gets all argumentative with me and then loses his focus and he end up with weird spots. It will just take me a little while to get used to him new way of going.
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