|working on the dreaded left inside bend.|
|wringing his tail in his signature "i hate you" fashion.|
To the trot, not so much. In fact, not at all. We had a lot of these moments:
|"zomg, cannot put my head down or bend or trot like a normal horse!"|
After many minutes of this nonsense, I brought him back to a walk and thought to my trainer-less self, "What now, self?" Self reminded me that Bobby seems to work on contact better after we've had a full warm up with cantering. So we did a long, strong canter that Bobby was pretty boss at and then tried normal horse trotting again. He was fabulous. Self, you are so clever.
I let him have some fun cantering over this insane course of ground poles set up, then we ended with the easy work--a canter and some trotting to the right.
Yesterday, I set up the last grid we did (2' vertical, 1 stride, xrail bounce, 2 strides, oxer) and a 2'6 vertical. After a brief warm up, I cantered him over the single vertical a few times. The first time through he was lovely. The second time I didn't have a big enough canter going and he chipped in a stride. To be perfectly honest, when he did that I felt like puking. My confidence definitely took a hit from Sunday's fall and I was a little bit terrified even if it was only a little rail that would have been happy to go tumbling to the ground if Bobby hit it.
|really not that scary.|
Other things I'm irrationally afraid of:
1. Driving somewhere alone at night in the dark woods and having someone step out in front of me with a bloody axe and breaking into my car and killing me.
3. Falling while ice skating and running over my own hand and severing it. Especially irrational as I've only been ice skating twice.
|both hands still attached. bonus.|
The third time over the vertical, he was perfect again so we started working through the grid. Once again, we ran into "Where the fuck do I turn in?!" to the first fence. There's no room for error with so little space and it was pretty much hit or miss.
We started with the oxer at 2'6. That was all well and good. I actually released over the stupid thing instead of ripping my poor horse's face off.
|you're welcome, baby horsie.|
Then we raised the oxer to 3'. Bobby was all, "Wait, what?!" and I was all, "Let me rip your face off again!" I don't know how I went from a perfectly acceptable auto release on Red to not even being able to do a stupid crest release on Bobby.
|red and i in december, knowing how to ride.|
|bobby and i in august, not knowing how to ride.|
So, Bloggers, help me out here. Any suggestions on how to get any sort of release back? Neck strap? Grab mane well before the fence? The problem I have with grabbing mane is that it make me feel like I'm too far forward before I need to be.
Also, I'm really going to focus on getting a dressage canter before starting jumping. On such a gargantuan horse, he's got to be way more packaged to make it over 3'+. There's no reason he can't do dressage work in a jumping saddle. There's no reason I can't do dressage work in a jumping saddle. This is first and foremost on the upcoming workout list. I don't know why I'm so broken at jumping now.