John and I are heading down to Florida at the end of the month. This means that I will be missing three lessons. I asked coach G if he would mind giving me a makeup on Saturday to prep for the show Sunday.
This would have been a good thing if it hadn’t rained all day and night Friday. The rings were almost lakes. Only one out of the three rings (set with courses) was rideable, and only barely.
We basically had to stick to one corner. Meaning that I didn’t get to ride a full course or line. Which is what I really wanted to work on. Get some of my rhythm issues ironed out before I had to show the next day. Stupid weather!
But we made the best of it.
Coach G had us start by trotting over a little cross rail on a left rein. Eye’s up don’t look down at the jump! Ride away from the jump and create the pocket for the lead change. Miss the lead change and look down to see if you’ve got it yet… wait that’s not right.
G said instead of looking straight ahead over the jump and while riding away I should look ahead over Tucker’s right ear. This will stop me from turning the corner to early and stop him from falling in which will make the lead easier. and DON’T LOOK DOWN!!!!
Next G changed the cross rail to a vertical and had us canter in. Then canter the long approach to diagonal vertical with a halt on a straight line. Eye’s up, don’t let him fall in, lead change, steady and wait for the diagonal, ride away from the jump and then halt.
“Course” 1: right rein to blue diagonal, circle back right rein to same diagonal, bend to green diagonal, halt, turn to face quarter line, pick up the canter on the straight line, jump quarter line.
“Course” 2: right rein to blue diagonal, circle back to same diagonal, bend to green diagonal, halt on a straight line, turn to face quarter line, pick up canter on the straight line, jump the quarter line, rollback (around the blue) to purple oxer, to long approach green diagonal without the halt.
The only trouble I had was after the last jump. Tucker tried to fall in through the turn but I was able to hold him out for the lead change. Probably because we had been practising the halt.
Takeaway: Slow down the two point (especially over smaller fences), eye’s up, don’t fall in through the corners and always ride away from the jump even if you are gong to be halting.