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        07-10-2013, 11:48 PM
    Last weekend I had a lesson with the new assistant trainer and it went really well. She had a lot of feedback while I was riding , which I liked. Jack was the best he has ever been. He seemed to get a little tired at the end and his lead changes were getting a little sluggish and he kicked out once. It was still a really great lesson.

    I'm hoping to go to a B show this fall and I will be talking to the barn owner about it soon. If his ulcers stay away he should be pretty good by September.

    Only one lesson this week which sucks. I work every day this week except for Thursday.
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        07-14-2013, 12:07 AM
    Ended up squeezing in 2 lessons this week. Thursday's lesson was good. A bit more kicking out than I would like but every time he did it it was because of my spurs. So on Friday I didn't wear spurs and we didn't have any kickouts. The new trainer talked me into jumping out in the jump field. I've never jumped out there before so I was really nervous about it but Jack did really well and seemed to have fun too. He did want to go faster towards the barn but it definitely felt faster than it looked. She took a video of one of our rounds and it actually looked pretty good. I'm very excited that he likes it. I'd like to do the hunter derbies in the future and I think he might actually be suited for them.

    I like the new trainer. The lessons are longer than usual and she always wants us to do another course. She really seems to enjoy teaching.

    Kim went to the show at ledges last week and things went alright. They had a lot of time faults and she was really nervous but they got through it. The thing is, she seems to have lost her nerve since she got back. She and Adam had a terrible lesson on Thursday. He kept stopping and ran out of a stinking cavaletti jump. She just seems super timid and that is translating to Adam as, maybe we shouldn't go over this jump, which in turn causes her more nerves etc. I feel like she was overfaced at the show and lately in lessons I think they've been having her jump way too big, like 3'6" to 3'9".

    Their lesson on Friday went better according to the trainer but Kim was not happy.
        07-18-2013, 03:14 PM
    Yesterday's lesson didn't go so well. We rode inside because it was like 90 degrees outside. Jack obviously does not like riding indoors at all. We were working on an exercise that Jack was having troubles with. He was kicking out around the corners and then we were supposed to do a cavaletti 4 stride bending to an oxer. We kept missing really bad and then finally Jack wasn't able to recover and got himself caught in the jump. It was a mess and I went over, but not before he smacked me in the chest with his head. Painful and embarasing.

    Today we jumped outside after warming up indoors. Jack was lazy and kicking out a bunch. The jumps were mostly fine but I did crack him on the butt once for the stupid kicking out.
        07-18-2013, 04:13 PM
    Oh and I forgot that Jack has a weird lump on his belly right where his belly button is. I think he has a hernia. If so, that's just icing on my year, and the year is only half over.
        07-20-2013, 10:01 PM
    We had a really great lesson today with Jodi and Emma. My Mom came and watched and it was pretty nice so we got to ride outside. We had to counter canter up to a diagonal jump, trot in-canter out a 6 stride line to start. We had never counter cantered so I was pretty psyched that Jack did it right every time and even held to lead up to the jump. He didn't kick out except for a tiny one while warming up (which I smacked him for). I did realize after our ride yesterday (that was also very good) than I had forgotten to tighten his girth. So today I only tightened it to the second hole on one side and the last on the other. I'm going to try that again and we will see if that makes him more comfortable. I want every lesson to be like today. Kyle didn't even have much feedback except to say it was good.

    His lump is still there. Mark is going to have Joanne take a look at it next week. I think Jack has a crush on the vet and that's why he keeps getting little injuries...
        07-21-2013, 05:50 PM
    Good hack today. I left the girth loose again and there were no kick outs at all. He was very responsive and listened well. We even practiced out counter-canter a little bit.

    The barn is gone to Kentucky next week and they are leaving Mark behind for lessons. Mark will ride him on Tuesday.

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