Oh, and my beloved alma mater's football team was playing their season opener that night, so of course, we dressed for the occasion.
George Morris would be appalled at my distraction from the natural beauty of the horse(which Izzy has in spades), but hey, I can't afford to ride with him anyways.
We did a brief warm up focusing first on keeping Izzy forward, then on moving off both legs, then accepting a little contact.
Pause to think, then time to start jumping.
It's amazing how much my riding has changed just because of my stirrup length. Well, that and going forward. I'm confident and relaxed when jumping, instead of nearly having a nervous meltdown in front of the fence.
Off we go!!
This isn't the best moment to take a picture, but I like what it shows of us: eyes up, ears pricked, going forward.
Mostly we just stayed at this height--I need to get completely comfortable before moving up too much. Besides, we have plenty to work on. Specifically, I tend to develop a nice canter, then totally let her drop behind my leg on the approach for NO REASON AT ALL. Oddly, when I keep her forward, we have a much better approach and a really good jump.
You may notice that we are jumping this at a slight angle. It's not because we're actually practicing that. No, for some reason, this teeny tiny little midget oxer kept distracting me on the approach and at the last second, I'd look down at it. Izzy never stopped or went out, but we kept having funny jumps until I fixed it.
Still, look at the picture. Yes, Izzy is just cantering across it. (I suspect it will be 3' ish before she actually has to jump). However... I look mostly balanced. My leg is pretty under me. It's about 60% better than last time I posted a picture. I'm actually quite proud of it.
Plus, thanks to copious amounts of running, my arse is starting to look not-as-bad in breeches.
Finally, a video!! First: I actually debated posting this, because it's not great. It's actually 2/3 sloppy. However, in the interest of documenting our progress, here it is. The first jump I think she was behind me. The second one I got left behind and forgot my core, so that wasn't pretty. The last one is ok.
Yep. We are improving.