I didn’t update after my last lesson…it was a doozey that doesn’t need to be shared lol. Maybe one day, but not now. So many things went….interestingly. I suspect it had something to do with her scratches we are trying to battle.
So we skipped the last lesson (May 16) since she was pretty iffy with her scratches and there is no point in riding a grumpy pony!
Tuesday night she was still NQR but still rideable and sound. I was just going to ride around during the lesson, and watch as my coach taught the rest of my little group. Coach had other ideas and had me doing the pole work while everyone else jumped.
Let’s just say, that when Luna has had ample time off, and has previously been jumping in a stronger big, going over ground poles means going over them at mach 10 speed like a maniac. Holy crazy mare.
We worked on our striding between two poles. 4 strides, 7 strides, 5 strides, 6 strides. Working on a longer stride is hard on us, and would be easier if we could get into the outdoor, but I asked for the 4 and we did get it, even on the first try! She was very adjustable that day and was quite the turn around from the last jump lesson we had.
Tuesday nights are my lesson night. And have been, literally since I started riding with my bestie way back in Grade 2. I’m a stickler to keeping a routine.
This week was my second lesson in this saddle, and first in a couple weeks since I was dying the couple weeks before.
There was also a bit change….the double rein thing? It be hard. Finding something to please the bay mare seems to be infinitely difficult. And they say red mares are difficult…Maybe its because Luna is confused as to what color she actually wants to be?
The lesson started out a bit sticky. Mare was not in front of my leg and moody. Being fat also makes me moody too…but I can at least nor stuff my face all day and night ! Chipping to the fences, rushy, even more behind my leg. Just not fun to ride, or jump. We had to have a “discussion” as to what leg meant before the lesson got any better
We have been working hard on getting her to lengthen her stride out and get down the lines easier. She may be a big girl, but the canter stride is slightly lacking. Poles before the jumps have been helping, but my god, they make my ammy brain cry.
Judging by my coach’s reaction….I would say we finally figured it out! There is still so much to work on, and I know and see it, but getting one thing worked on and corrected is a leap in the right direction.
The learning, it never ends, and it is important to never forget that.