Lesson 2 and 3 until Woodside

Hey guys, so I wasn’t able to get any video of our 2nd to last lesson before we head out to the show but I did get footage of my last lesson.  OK so lesson two went really really well.  We jump 3’3 to 3’6 courses and for the most part did great.  Yes I was still floppy when I saw my spot but this close to a show there is nothing I can do about it.  Not a good time to really focus on changing a long running habit.  But my distances were showing up and Greyson had so much fun being jumped up and getting to go into “jumper mode”.  He looked so pleased with himself afterwards.

 

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Nice warm shower after a great jumping lesson.  Also proof that I do clean him 😀

So for my third and final lesson before the Woodside show we coursed a little bit and ended with some jump off practice.  I was having a difficult time today finding/seeing distances which you will clearly see in the video.   Even though todays lesson wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination I still feel like it was a great lesson.  We fixed things that went wrong and I got to really appreciate my horse.  Greyson was such a saint for getting over all these jumps even though I continually got him to bad spots.  He is a rock star and got lots of cookies and an extra long turn out in the big grassy pasture.  Please note that the picture above was just yesterday so in between yesterday and this morning he managed to poop up his entire body.   Sigh, greys….ammi right? Can I get a witness? lol

Lesson countdown to Woodside Spring Preview

Sorry it has been so long since I posted an update.  I had a case of writers block but it’s all good because getting ready for a horse show has given me something interesting to write about.

Our first show of the season is rapidly approaching which means I only have so many rides left to practice before the show and I need to make the most out of each one.  Lesson one of three happened last Thursday and we were stuck in the indoor arena due to rain.  And when we do lessons in the indoor we are limited to 3-4 jumps.  Luckily my trainer knows how to keep things interesting and we worked on a cloverleaf pattern.  I compete in jumpers so practicing making turns while keeping my power will come in useful for the jump offs.

Things that went right

  • I asked for my leads over the fences and only missed one
  • Greyson was soft and easily adjustable to each fence
  • Kept my power through almost every turn

Things to work on

  • Keeping my leg tight when I see my distance.  You can see in the video going to the last fence I get extremely floppy.  This is my worst habit that I am working on overcoming.  Every time I concentrate on try to fix it I will miss my distance and Greyson will have to bail me out.
  • Staying straight and light to the fences.  Sometimes I will hold my inside rein a tad strongly resulting in Greyson’s nose being a little off center which means he needs to work harder to keep rails up.

Two more lessons until we leave for the Woodside Spring Preview.  So excited to get back out there and show again!  Planning on blogging behind the scenes stuff at the show so stay tuned for that.

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.