This week in riding lessons

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.

 

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A still from our lesson.

3 thoughts on “This week in riding lessons

  1. Much smoother 2nd time through! And loved the cameos by my great white rabbit. So bummed we’re back inside, that was a fun course to ride.

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  2. We don’t have an indoor where I ride, so we just get rained out and can’t ride :/ You guys are looking great! It was fun to watch the two videos and see the changes. 🙂

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