When I took him to grid night last week, I got the same feedback from the instructor that Redheadlins was giving me anyways--I need to get up out of the saddle and let him learn to use his hind end. To this point, I'd been staying in the tack more than is good because I was steering to the jump. Now that he's got that idea down, it's time for me to step it up.
I rode one day last week and trotted over a few wee things to let us both get a feel for it. In keeping with our training plan, he then got a couple of days off.
|Getting out of the tack|
Redheadlins stepped on and off they went. As they trotted to the bigger crossrail the first time, you could see the wheels start turning in his head. "wait... this is tall... what do I do?" He slowed in front of it, then launched himself over the wee crossrail in the biggest effort he's given yet. Wish I had a picture of that.
|They've got this|
Hmm. He hopped over it, then cantered away. The lightbulb was coming on. Next they were able to string together the cross rail to the vertical. It wasn't a related distance per se, but it was the closest together that he's had to do two jumps and he looked great.
|Check out that back end!|
By the time they did the baby grid (of poles on the ground), he had figured out what she wanted and was just perfect. We set up one crossrail in the grid. He trotted in, took a canter stride, and jumped out, then cantered away softly.
My jaw probably hit the floor. We called it a day and gave him lots of neck scratches.
He is so fun!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
So happy for you with your new boy! He seems like the best kind of baby, and it doesn't hurt that hes adorable :-)ReplyDelete
I try to ride Libby at least 5-6 days a week, but I'm trying to recondition her back to what she once was. Normally I can get away with 3-4 with her.
I'm in the same boat as Shelley: my horse needs conditioning, so I ride 5 times a week, one jumping lesson and the rest hacks with ground poles.ReplyDelete
I'm love your schedule though; I mean, it's working so fabulously for Courage, why fix it if it ain't broke? He's such a critical thinker!!
How cute! We set up a grid for my friend's RRTP horse last night and it was really awesome seeing her figure it out. Giving them something to do immediately after a jump is so educational. I don't know how many people subscribe to this theory, but I like the days a week = years of age theory for work with young horses.ReplyDelete
He's 8, so... yeah.Delete
Awww! I know that feeling precisely, I felt it when we first put 2'6 in front of Connor. Look at that hind end indeed, he's not gonna hit that thing!ReplyDelete
I can only get to the barn 3-4 times a week, since the barn is nearly an hour away. Maybe we progress a little slower than we otherwise could, but it's the best I can do.
Wow...so much improvement at every time you post! I always love the look on his face, so expressive!!ReplyDelete
He is something special!!ReplyDelete
That is so awesome. You picked a good one!ReplyDelete
I usually ride 3-4 days per week.
So cool! It is interesting to see how you are teaching him to jump, since I'm currently starting her over fences. She is a natural jumper, so we didn't have any "What do with legs?" moments, just green-ness. I usually ride 5-6 days per week, but now that I'm at school, it is more like 4-5.ReplyDelete
Four years ago I was riding 3 days a week. Then three years ago it was 4 days a week. Last winter for two months I dropped to 2 days a week (just a cold cold winter) and this spring I started riding 5-6 days a week which I'm still doing. I'll probably drop back down to 4-5 days this winter. Totally makes a difference if I have a specific friend to ride with or not.ReplyDelete
Looking good! Depending on what's going on, I ride 3-5 days a week and my trainer rides Simon 1 day a week. Usually he gets 4-5 rides in.ReplyDelete
When I can I try to ride five days a week. But I usually only ride for about 20-30 minutes most of those days instead of longer riders for less days.ReplyDelete
If I make it to the barn 3 days a week, I call it a success. Its not just the number of rides that matters - the quality of the rides matters, too, and you're doing great with that!!!ReplyDelete
Yay for jumping success! I ride 2-3 days/ wk right now but on a made horse, I would expect at least 3-5 days/wk on a greener one.ReplyDelete
With my new job I am lucky to get 4. 3 is more realistic with 2 being Saturday and Sunday :/ReplyDelete
Congrats on the success. He is really figuring it out!
You guys are doing so well :) I ride each horse 3-4 times a week and sometimes 5-6 depending on my work schedule.ReplyDelete