On Saturday, I put him through a pretty extensive dressage schooling that he started off rough but ended really well. I know you're supposed to use lateral work to help warm a horse up, but Bobby is the opposite. He is literally incapable of moving sideways until he's been working for twenty minutes and has been packaged into a more compact Bobby-frame. He's too long and enjoys flailing about too much otherwise.
But anyway! Those were pretty boring rides which is why I didn't put forth the effort into blogging about them. Let's have pictures! And video! Of jumping!
I warmed Bobby up in the outdoor completely barefoot. He was the teeniest bit mincy wherever the footing was packed down, but overall felt pretty durned sound.
|he was not feeling pretty durned cooperative on the flat however.|
I kept the warm up short before putting his boots on and getting started over jumps.
Twice over the gate:
Twice over the coop:
Then we started working through my favorite grid: three bounces, two strides to an oxer.
Twice through with just the bounces, then the last jump went up to a 2'9" (ish? might have been 3'?) vertical. Twice through with that setup:
Finally made the last jump an oxer (back rail either 3' or 3'3". I haven't figure out the holes on the 6' standards yet.) and went through a few times to finish:
|he almost jumped me out of the tack on landing on this one, he cracked his |
hind end up so high. he gets a little exuberant with his tuckus every now and then.
The height wasn't huge--I usually use this grid to knock the height up to around 4'--but I went with spread this time. Bobby was unimpressed. When your regular jump length lands you nearly a full stride past the fence as it is, a wide oxer is cake.
So. Nothing too exciting, but I'm happy to report that I feel like a little bit of a boss jumping again. I think Bobby and I hobbling along on our broken feet for a couple of months recharged my brain. I feel like a capable rider over fences for the first time in a looong time. My position can still be tweaked--my leg still slips back more than I want it to--but my heels are down, my hands are capable of going forward instead of yanking on his mouth, and going faster than a western pleasure lope when approaching a fence is suddenly easy peasy.
Hopefully the trend continues. Being friends with my big, dumb donkey is fun.
|"pretending like i know how to pose is so exhausting, you guys."|