|Cars are for people who can't ride|
Of course, she'd never actually seen him jump at all, so I explained what we've been doing and that he's really game and really green.
She had us trot in/canter out over a little placing pole to a crossrail a couple of time and C-rage didn't put a foot wrong, but he's a long ways from being impressed by a plain crossrail these days.
Then she set it up to a vertical. I didn't tell her, but it was higher than anything I've ever pointed him at before. To this point, he's been nothing but brave and honest, and I had no reason to doubt him.
|I do love a good straps pic|
In order to create the time in my brain, S had my exhale the last 2-3 strides to the fence. Funny thing--I guess I was inhale quickly at the base of the fence, which was bringing my energy up and making everything feel rushed.
|It only looks tiny to you|
By the end of the lesson, we had a placing pole, enormous (for us) vertical, placing pole, and then jump out over an x. Courage was really getting it figured out and jumping like a rock star. Of course, we neglected to get pics or video, which I am sorely regretting because he felt AMAZING.
I was THRILLED with him though, as was S. He never made the same mistake twice and he was working hard to get everything figured out. It was also really great to get some feedback on my riding over fences--S loved my floppy reins and said I was doing a great job of just staying in the middle and letting him do his job.
The plan for the week is to do some cavalletti work to keep him thinking about his feet and then maybe jump next weekend again. :-D
SO EXCITED CAN'T STAND HOW GREAT MY HORSE IS
PS and maybe I will get a car today? That would be bangin'.