|We did win a saddle pad for being champion|
After our last show in April, Peebs and I had a little down time that involved me going to see my parents, and him getting his teeth done. When we went back to work we focused mainly on flat work; really getting him in front of my leg and unlocking his neck. He tends to hold tension in his neck, and won't bend. To really get him loose and bendy, I have to think about flexing his neck and making it soft. I also focused on not holding on for dear life with my inside hand. We did some small cross rails and ground poles, not really putting anything together but only picking up jumps/poles when he felt connected and forward. It was very clear when he wasn't, as I couldn't see a distance or what I did see was crappy. When he was on my aids everything just flowed so well.
Our first real jumping lesson back from the April show was awesome. We did a little course and I was actually able to work on things like holding him out in the bending line, and waiting with impulsion to a short distance. It was like a switch had been flipped and all of a sudden we could go do the thing. Even when I saw a bad spot, or didn't see anything, I could sit up and add leg and not worry that he'd stop or we'd crash. For me, that's huge. It's been a very long time since I've felt like that. I even asked my trainer to put the jumps up!
|The show photographer didn't get any pics of me, so no riding media from the show|
My original show plan for the year was to skip this show series July show and do their August one, but the horse show bug bit me hard and I decided to do one of the days in July. They're doing series champion awards this year, and while I don't normally consider myself a point chaser, I'm currently the leader for our hunter division and I want those points! I've never been a contender for a champ or reserve year end award and I really, really want to go for it. I can financially swing it, my confidence in my horse and my riding is at an all time high, and my horse is awesome. Why not go for it?