(We did the leg yields and shoulder in, but kinda failed on the lengthening and collecting. Hopefully the addition of spurs will help us with this one in Feb.)
- Continue the no stirrup work. On days we jump, start doing some small trot fences with no irons.
- Start schooling single fences at 2'6". Continue course work at 2'3" adding in more technical aspects like rollbacks and bending lines.
- Again, focus on dressage for flat work. As stated above, I hope the spurs will help make our leg yields nicer and I know they will help with the lengthening.
Our local show association is staring to put out this years show dates,and I've started tentatively planning our schedule. If I can afford it, and if we keep jumping regularly, I want to take Bud to a little jumper show on March 3. They have x-rail classes on up, with a relatively small entry fee.
A big barn in Portland, that my friend (and the girl who started Buddy over fences) manages is having a one day clinic with three time Olympian Kevin Freeman in April. While I'm mainly a h/j rider, and Kevin Freeman is an eventer, I'm really excited for the clinic. It's being billed as a fundamentals of jumping clinic for all disciplines. It's right before my birthday and my mom agreed to pay for it as my present. We will be riding in the 2'3"-2'6" group, so we really have to be coursing 2'6" by then!