Today I set up a little gymnastic; a bounce to one stride. I started with an cross rail to a couple ground poles. We did it a few times to warm up, then I dropped my stirrups and we did it a few more times. I definitely need to keep doing that!
I put up a vertical, so it was the x bounce to the vertical. This was little tough for Bud. He tend to get lazy after a few trot fences, so the first time he just trotted the x and kinda fell over the vertical. I tried to stay neutral and let him figure it out. The next time, I gave him a tap with my crop at the base of the x. Worked much better!
Once I had the second vertical up, and Buddy was going forward, I tried to stay up with chest and stretch down thru my heels. That's the thing I love about gymnastics; I just have to get Bud to the first fence and then just focus on me. At the end, for fun I tied my reins in my knot and did it once with no hands. SO MUCH FUN!!
Buddy says Hi!