Friday, April 20, 2018

Lessons on Lessons

We're heading out tomorrow for our first show of the season.  I feel totally confident and ready.  We've managed to do weekly lessons for the last month, which is super rare.  My trainer works a full time non-horsey job and has two kids so coordinating our schedules doesn't always happen.  And at the old barn we would have to factor in weather/daylight since we jumped in the outdoor arena.  The indoor at the new barn has made those factors null, which is awesome!

Best of all, our lessons have been super productive.  I feel like Peebs and I have figured each other out and now we're working on the refinement. Making sure he's super straight, working on lead changes/landing on the correct lead, tweaking my equitation, not just surviving and getting over the fences. It feels like we're making some big progress and I'm hungry for more. 

Feeling pumped and ready for our show season debut this weekend!!

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But I think my biggest achievement is finally starting to be able to do the whole "correct him and leave him alone" thing.  Peebs doesn't like to messed with; don't pick at his face, don't micromanage his stride.  And those are some of my favorite things to do. He's got a naturally nice rhythm and length of stride.  I just need to trust it and get him straight. As long as I don't let him drift coming out of a turn, the distance to the jump is there. My past two lessons have highlighted the fact that I am letting him go and trusting him.  In our lesson on Wednesday my instructions for the outside line we were doing were to get him straight to the first fence, then count to four while keeping my hip angle closed. And as easy as that sounds, it was super hard to do but once I got it, it felt amazing. I'm just hoping I can remember how to do it in the show ring!


  1. You guys look great! Good luck at the show!

  2. You two have become such a good team. Good luck at your show.

  3. The videos look great, I hope you have a blast at the show!! Good luck and take lots of pictures!

  4. So glad it's all coming together for you guys! Hope you had a great horse show!