With beautiful weather finally here, my goal was to get out and about with Georgie! And thankfully, other equestrian friends were thinking the same thing!
On Saturday Sarah and I decided to get out in the hills for a trail ride. It’s been fun watching her adorable baby come along, and having Sarah expose her to new things. This time around it was loading in my straight load trailer, which she did without hesitation!
It was a great outing with some good hill climbs and a good start to Georgie’s fitness work so she is ready for the 3Day in July.
So, lovely ride Saturday was followed by our first jump lesson outside! Woohoo! We’ve been dying to get out of the indoor and into the larger arena. Sarah had a great grid with a bounce on either side of an oxer. She also set up a triple bar that you would approach off a turn after the grid
The lesson was.. well..informative.
You know how sometimes, in your head you’re thinking “I’m TOTALLY doing what my instructor is telling me to do” and then you look at the video and you’re like “oh. That is NOT what it looked like in my head?”
That was kinda the theme for this lesson. I thought I was really upright through the bounce and folding over the oxer, and as you can see in the picture, not the case. I also thought my shoulders weren’t swinging around. But they were.
On the other hand, while I kinda sucked, Georgie’s canter felt GREAT. She has a lovely uphill-ish canter, where, if I ask her to go forward, she doesn’t dive down on the forehand. I kept asking if we had enough impulsion as I wasn’t used to a canter where we aren’t careening around but instead are pretty balanced and uphill. It still needs work, but it is an exciting change.
So, I asked for a redo. And am going to have a similar lesson this week so I can really work on this stuff. Cause I am sick of mediocre and sick of just getting it done. And one more lesson will cure both those things. Obvi.
Wish me luck. 🙂