Here was today's other fun game:
|crappy cell phone picture taken off of bobby during cool out.|
|all a daunting 2'6", though they look smaller.|
I made him trot each fence the first time "because I said so, that's why." We went over the blue vertical first. He started doing his little prance-y "I want to canterrrrr!" trot up to it and sucking back, so I jabbed him once with my spurs and he rocketed over from a full stride out. I assumed a rather defensive position and cursed him out as we went sailing over before landing suprisingly coordinated.
So I made it up again on the fly and Bobby and I played with all the jumps from every direction and angle, picking and choosing as we went and just having fun with it. Bobby's ears were locked forward and he was cruising around like, "Just show me where to go next and I'll do it!"
I'm finally starting to trust him jumping in the arena and we're getting our groove on together. The best way to ride him, I'm learning, is to make a point of getting a really good canter and then once we turn towards a jump, if the canter is good, just sit still and let him roll. If he needs a little whoa or a little go, I can do a tiny correction a few strides out, but other than that I need to leave him alone. He gets too flustered when I try to micro-manage him. What a ground-breaking concept, right?
But today was awesome. We were both enjoying ourselves and having fun. I really felt like we were starting to flow instead of testing each other. I'm soo looking forward to Sunday!