Back to the indoor doesn’t have to be boring or draggy- in fact, it’s quickly becoming an opportunity to sharpen/refine our skills. Of particular importance, my bad habits of letting Oats motorbike around turns when we are jumping and kind of just ‘give up’. No longer!! This time I am GOING to fix that problem (five years in the making, but who’s counting?!).
But yes, we worked on a particularly challenging course last night. Jump height-wise…Nothing impressive. But, we had a circle jump (hard for us), a skinny, some small barrels, a two-stride, and straightness!! to work on.
And it wasn’t easy, or very neat. But, we did improve throughout the ride, which is kind of what I’m going for. Things I am learning and hoping to work on this winter:
- Fixing my corners, no more motorbiking/forgetting to ride/sitting up!
- No pulling his head to the left over the jump!
- No nagging with my leg. Let him relax, then GO for the jump, then relax.
- Leg stays still.
- Upper body stays still. Elbows are in shoulders are up.
- Hands release, shoulders don’t release.
- Adjustability in the canter.
- No sitting back when I don’t see a distance and pulling up with my hands. Go with the flow.
- Both reins used, with contact. This is a tough one for me, as I tend to want to only use one rein with the other flopping uselessly. I get afraid that too much contact will slow him down!
Sooo yeah, lots to work on. But, I did quite enjoy my ride 🙂