January 26, 2009
I labeled the last entry 2008. >.<
Anyway. I haven't written in a long time. I really haven't had much to write about. Twende haden't been outstanding, but he hadn't been outstandingly bad, either.
But today, we had a lesson, and he was amazing.
I have two trainers...if you can call them that. They're the BOs and they gave me Twende and they help me with him and such, so basically trainers. I asked Kerrie to help me with the jumping because that's what she used to do, and she knows the stuff. So, I had my first jumping lesson in over a year today on my horse, who I am still training to jump.
I got out there and warmed him up myself. When she came out, she had me do some more bending and backing and trotting just to watch my flat work, which has gotten better since she last watched me. She helped me fix my leg position, which has been faulty for a LONG time. I've known this, I just haven't known how to fix it or where to fix it to, and for some reason I never really asked. Then, she set up a small cross rail, and of course, Twende refused it. When we couldn't get him over it with me on his back, I got down, and she moved the jump to the wall and made it a ground pole, and lunged him over it.
When Twende is done fighting, it shows in his eyes. The fight leaves, and he relaxes. I got back on, and he went over the ground pole perfectly. She turned it into a small jump, and he gave me no trouble. Kerrie fixed my jumping position by just telling me where to put my hands-because I had been doing that wrong-and helping me spot my take off point.
I am SO happy with the way the lesson went. It wasn't even an hour, but already he feels SO much better. Relaxed, listening, etc. We felt so together by the end. I don't know why I waited so long for a lesson... mostly I didn't have the time, but I finally gritted my teeth and am doing it, and I'm so happy I am. (:
Next lesson is February 9. ^^ I'll have someone take video of me jumping on Wednesday when I go out. We're still only trotting over the jumps, but you know...one step at a time. But yeah. I'm not so good at explaining it, but it was great and I'm so excited for my next lesson, now.