We were going to a giant 3'3" oxer on a short diagonal off the right, Tia's hard side. She wants to over bend and bulge thru the turn, thus throwing our distance off. At first I was over correcting a little too much and holding her back resulting in a couple horribly short distances to the oxer. Thank goodness Tia's so point and shoot that she'll just go from anywhere! Jen wanted me to just let go and ride her forward to the fence but when I tried we felt so crooked and strung out I pulled her off the fence. At that point Tia and I got into a little tug-of-war with her just wanting to go to the fence and me not. When she gets mad, she hops up with her front end and has a pogo stick like canter. It kind of reminded me of Phoenix when he was younger, if I picked too much at him he would suck back and have this itty bitty canter that went no where.
We took a walk break while Jen moved the fence down to a vertical and then went and worked on just having a nice rhythm and going to the fence. It took a few tries, but once I figured out that all I needed to do was check her in the corner then relax and not touch her mouth, and was able to relax enough to let it happen, it went really well. The oxer went back up, but at 2'9" and we did it pretty well a few times. Why is letting go so hard!?
|Once we figured it out|
|They've lasted 7 years without a problem. Sadness.|