Friday was a holiday here, so I went to the barn instead of to work (YAY!). I went after lunch, and got on as soon as the groom had Moro tacked up for me. I worked him for about 10-15 minutes at walk and trot, he seemed a lot heavier in the hand than he had been the other days, leaning on me, and I was wondering if I was doing something wrong. When my trainer arrived and started the lesson I asked him and he laughed and said, yeah, he's in a snaffle today (as opposed to this bit http://www.culturedcowboy.com/images/454.jpg
which he usually wears). Ok so I need to pay attention to what tack they're putting on my horse lol!
We did some trot and canter, no stirrups for a couple of laps and then we hopped over some jumps!! We jumped a crossrail, which turned into a vertical and ended up at about 70cm. He jumps AMAZING! No matter how crappy the distance I set hime up for he just jumps it. He's really the perfect horse for me to get confident on and to start working on my jumping. The school horses did 3-5 lessons a day, so we almost never got to jump them over more than a tiny crossrail.
The trainer was very happy with my position and ability to translate what he yelled at me into riding. Mostly I have to relax my arms more, and not lose the contact on takeoff. After popping over the vertical several times, at both a trot and a canter, from both hands, my trainer pointed to a small oxer and said "Now jump that". He said to ride it the same as a vertical and not to worry cause I wouldnt notice the difference. So I pointed Moro at it and we flew over it! Its true that the difference was not very obvious, though I could feel him stretch out over the jump a bit more. We jumped it about 4 times (2 on each hand) and then I walked him for 10-15 minutes.
So thats the story of me jumping my first oxer!!
Saturday he went off to a show with his owner, and jumped the 80cm, 90cm and 1m classes (as far as I can tell from the videos she uploaded). So I didnt get to ride. Sunday morning I went to the barn to ride and there was a show for ponies going on. SO CUTE, tiny ponies with even tinier riders. There was one girl on a medium pony who I think must have been around 5 years old haha.
Due to the show the main arena was occupied, and I rode in the arena behind the barn. It was unfortunately a big pool of mud, and it was clear that Moro was tired after jumping two days in a row and having been trailered on saturday. I mostly just walked him on a medium rein and did a little bit of trot. I only rode him for 25-30 minutes and then put him back up and fed him sugar cubes.
My trainer was at the barn and asked if I cant come by the barn on a weekday this week to do some more jumping as he thought I rode really well in my lesson on friday and he would like to keep working on that! Saturday morning the arena is more crowded so jumping is a bit difficult. We arranged that I would go on thursday as I have an exam and will take a study day from work. In the afternoon I found out the exam is at a different time than I thought it was, so I texted him and asked if I could go later. He had JUST answered my text, saying it was no problem, when I realized the exam is on FRIDAY. *facepalm*. I assumed it was on thursday as all other exams of this subject have been on thursdays so far, and I didnt read further than the time. So I'm gonna have to text him back again lol.
I'm so happy with my 'own' pony, every time I ride him I love him more. Sunday there was a lady at the barn looking at the horses and talking to another girl and me. As the lady pointed to Moro and asked the girl 'That's your horse right?' (her horse is also a grey), the girl said: "No thats hers *points to me* The one two stalls over is mine". BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!