|Tia's opinion about having to go twice in one day|
My jump lesson in the morning started with a stiff Tia, but after a good long and loose trot warm up she felt pretty good and was raring to go. It was bright and sunny, but windy and only around 40* so it felt pretty cold. We started by attempting to trot a crossrail but the big mare kept trying to canter it. I had to really focus on keeping my posting rhythm the same and not giving my hand away to keep her with me.
The jump then went up to a 2'ish vertical that we cantered. My job was to have a good pace and impulsion coming in, bend and balance in the corner, then let her go and support her to the fence. It was a bit rough at first, my micromanagement tendencies were in full force, but we had a couple pretty nice fences. Changed directions and did the same thing to the right and had a bit more of struggle since Tia tends to overbend going right and I had to work a bit harder. But once we got it it felt really nice.
|Throwback to summer 2013 when Tia and I were jumping big sticks|
We finished by putting a small 2' course together, just an outside line, diagonal, single outside, other diagonal but considering it's the most both Tia and I have jumped since last summer it was pretty exciting. We accidentally added in the line, but it was a well done add and my trainer was fine with it since both of us are rusty. Tia did get a bit strong going downhill to one of the diagonals and I had to hold her a bit, which pissed her off, but oh well mare. When we went back to fix it she got over herself and it flowed really well. I was super happy even though we were jumping tiny that I could go out and put together a fairly nice round after so much time off. And I talked with my BO and trainer and hopefully I can take her to a show next month.
Sounds like a great lesson over the sticks. Pity about Mckenna missing out on the dressage lesson but glad she got an adjustment & can keep going from strength to strength.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to reading about Tia's flat lesson ☺
fun lesson - nice that everything flowed well despite not having done it in a while!! good luck with getting to the show :)ReplyDelete
also - bummer about McKenna being too 'out' to ride - but hopefully the adjustments will make a material difference in her canter + forward issues!!
Glad you got to cruise around and jump sticks [even if they are tiny sticks] :-)ReplyDelete