Jumped Bobby yesterday in gorgeous weather. Most of the standards are still down in the indoor so with four pairs to work with, I set up an oxer (3') two stride vertical (2'6) line, left Sarah's tires up, and made a fake corner.
It was Bobby's first "corner" and with his propensity to drift while jumping, I was afraid he might drift off over it, but he calmly popped over and carried on.
I had Hubby knock that up to 3' (barrel on end) while we went over the line a couple of times, changing directions and leads after the vertical. We also came over the vertical from an angle a couple of times.
|proof that we can both occasionally get our shit together.|
|what's that? slightly awkward spot? no bigs, robert. I won't rip your|
face off for once. i'll just do this strange sort of auto release while keeping
my leg in place.
|coming in from the shorter distance. clearly more "wtf is going on here?"|
He got pretty frazzled by getting two bad spots in a row and he had a minor melt down.
|no ride is ever complete unless bobby loses his shit at some point!|
It worked in that he was no longer worried, but was instead reinvigorated. Worried Bobby showed back up in a few. First we had, "OMG, IT'S A JUMP! I GET TO JUMP THE JUMPS!"
Only that involved me riding like crap, turning in too soon which led to Bobby's favorite game, The Drift, which led to me having to pull him off of the vertical from the line and circle to avoid impalement against the vertical's standards. Clearly that was not great for either of us and Bobby started fretting again. I started to turn him in to the oxer from the canter and he turned his head towards the jump and just kept on cantering along the rail. "Bitch, please. You don't know what the fuck you're doing. I am not participating."
Came back to the trot and circled before trying to come in on a straighter track. That satisfied Bobby and we got the line done one last time, albeit with no brakes.
|there's a classic carly jumping picture for you guys!|
although this one had more to do with being run off with than 100% poor riding.
- Pace was lacking at times which contributed to some awkward jumps. Nothing new there, I just have to be harder on myself about focusing on staying forward.
- A grid with lots of bounces is in order for next week at some point. Someone was a little too fresh-to-death about more than one fence in a row.
- Steering. Should probably have a tune up.
Enjoy your Easter! Someone send me some Cadbury eggs! My rabbit has stopped producing.