Had a lesson (by myself!!) yesterday. I forgot Comet's owner was on vacation so it was a private lesson. I got my butt kicked in the best way possible
Pepper kept me humble yesterday, that's for sure. The beginning of the lesson was fine. Did some trotting and simple stuff.
We got to jumping little jumps to work on not rushing, and while it wasn't perfect, it got better.
See, one thing that I never learned was that if I feel like she's going to rush the jump, don't jump it yet. My trainer was telling me to do circles until I felt she was ready to not take off at the jump. At the old barn with my old trainer, that wasn't really an option. I had to run at the jump even though I knew
neither of us were ready. This caused much anxiety and general lack of control, which led to us not getting over the jumps and eventually just running around the arena like lunatics.
So we did lots and lots of circles. Circles until I felt ready, then we would head at the jump with much minimal rushing. It started to get better, until it got worse.
Pepper and I aren't really used to super hard work. I think I end too early when I ride, because by the end of the lesson I thought I was going to puke from the amount of work
. I've become so used to my old trainer not really making us do work - no sitting trot, stirrupless, we cantered for two laps around the arena (it was a big arena but still), ect. But I am not complaining. We need this. It's good exercise for both of us and it's just good learning. No pain no gain!! We're both out of shape...
After a few minutes of working on the jumps we decided to work on our cantering (well, we didn't decide, my trainer did, but you know what I mean) because Pepper canters like she's in a race. So a few laps of cantering while working on half-halting and doing an efficient half-halt so that she doesn't break. We then work on backing up, because Pepper doesn't know how to back up, and also so that we could catch our breathe because, like I said, we're out of shape lol. Then we go back to cantering, and this time Pepper decides to stop listening.
The trainer tells us to canter at E, so we pick up a canter. She did a walk-canter transition, except it was more of a walk-crowhop (I'll take a video soon and see if she does it because I still don't actually know what she's doing) transition. So I bring her back down and we try again, except this time she explodes before I even ask her too. I may have made the ever-so-slightest leg movement and she took off with her thing again. So, after doing this twice we realize we have to fix it. It wasn't just a one-time thing, for whatever reason she is continuously doing this. I attempt to just walk her past E instead of cantering, but she does it again without me doing anything.
Back to our circles! We did more circles yesterday than I think I've done ever haha. But it worked. We walked circles going that direction until we got to E, and after making her circle at E a few times we were able to go back around and pick up the cantering without it being an explosion.
Progress is being made! The trainer told me that once it gets cooler we'll start doing some serious work so that I can show next year. (I didn't realize this lesson wasn't serious work... send help
) But in all seriousness, I'm so grateful to have a trainer as patient as this one is and who actually cares about our progress - and knows what she's doing.
I have a dentist appointment at four today, and I think I'm going to go ride after that. We're going to work on bending and circles. And canter transitions. We're working on getting some walk-canter that aren't explosive. Generally it's either a crazy walk-canter or it's walk-trot-canter.