Our ring has finally dried out and the course is set! Man if felt great to be in the outdoor ring again. Finally getting to jump a whole course was everything I wanted it to be and more. After months of being stuck in the indoor I started losing confidence in myself because the two jumps we have in there were starting to look pretty big to me. After a lesson I would ask my trainer how big the jumps were and she would say 3 feet and my heart would sink. I could have sworn there were 3’6 at least lol. She explained to me that our indoor jumps are narrow so they seem bigger than they are. A few weeks ago she set the indoor jump to 3’3 and I nearly had a heart attack! It’s so big!! I don’t remember 3’3 looking that big! Can I even do this? How am I going to get to a meter twenty if a meter looks that freakin big!?!
So my fears have subsided a little after having my first lesson in the outdoor ring. We jumped around a course that was set from 3’3 to 3’9 without any fear. However, I do a very weird thing with my leg when I approach a jump, as soon as I see my spot I loosen my leg and take it away from the saddle for a split second. It is so weird and I can’t stop myself from doing it. It’s almost like a nervous tick or something. I really need to work on keeping my leg nice and tight on the way to jumps. The other thing I do is half halt to many times in a line. Greyson will jump in and I will need to half halt and then let go. I was half halter for 2 or 3 strides before let going forcing us to a really deep spot. That was an easy fix though and we did better the second attempt. I’ll post both tries so you can see the difference.