Oats and I had a tricky FREEZING jump lesson last night. Temperatures plummeted and it was threatening snow all afternoon (on Vancouver Island. Snow?!!). Definitely unusual and cruel for all of us, I was just lounging at the beach last weekend – true story! It did end up snowing all night too. Crazy.
Anyways, it was a shock to the system for both of us.
The lesson? 3-jump one stride line, a bounce on the diagonal – the evil diagonal that keeps haunting my dreams…, the panel jump and another flower x-rail on the diagonal, that was simple.
What was not simple? Managing to ‘keep riding’ through the bounce and managing my pace through the one-stride line. I keep wanting to blast through it, OR when we come in deep, -stall- out through it instead of riding more strongly.
There were no huge mistakes, well except for the bounce jumps, ha those were definitely iffy, but I was pretty pleased with how reasonable Oats was and how quickly the bounce and one-stride exercise was making us think! This is not my forte, at all. I like to think about jumping, oh…four strides after the jump, or 10 strides before it. Not AS it’s happening. Whoops!
Overall a good and fairly technical ride. Hm, much like my dressage lesson on Tuesday. Sensing a theme here…