Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I actually have tons of amazing pics to share thanks to Liana and my hubby, I just don’t have much to write about!
Things have been quiet on the home front. Good, just quiet. The weather has been pretty amazing, and we have been logging some great saddle time. Things are going to be even quieter these next 2 weeks while a good chunk of the barn travels to TN to show at Brownland. Good luck Team Bay Yard!
Rio has gotten so quiet thanks to warmer temps and over-night turn out. He has been the embodiment of a quiet hunter lately, making my life a lot easier. I have actually been having to use a moderate amount of leg lately, which is very unusual for us. I’m not complaining though, I prefer a bit of a “leg ride”, as long as they aren’t dead to the leg.
We have been keeping jumps really small in lessons lately, and I am not complaining. I have been feeling lately like we jump a lot, and it makes me feel guilty. But, then I think that I take one, sometimes 2 jump lessons a week, and we keep the jumps 2’9 and under, which doesn’t particularly sound like a lot. It’s not like 2’6 is hard for 18 hand Rio.
We always start the lesson our with poles and cavelettis and small jumps (like 2ft) and gradually work up to more, so we don’t even spend the whole lesson jumping 2’9. Not sure why I have been feeling like it’s a lot. I think it’s because this is the longest I have never been able to consistently jump. In the past, Rio was periodically sidelined with injuries.
AH HAH! That must be why! See?! This is why I blog, to organize my thoughts.
Mostly our lessons have been going really well. Yesterday though was a total “ammy” day. Not to disparage ammies, I just felt like my mind wasn’t in the game and I couldn’t make a good decision to save my life. We try NOT to go for the long spot, and yet I couldn’t commit to the deeper spot several times and threw my body. Rio on the other hand knows that we are practicing jumping from the base, and had the good sense to ignore me. Bless him, such a saintly boy.
As I have mentioned before, we also don’t do too many lead changes at home, as I struggle in our smaller ring. Let me clarify, our ring is not small, but sometimes the way the lines are set doesn’t give you a TON of time to prepare. I literally need to land and have like 5 solid strides to prepare before even attempting a change. One good thing from our lesson yesterday was a jump on the diagonal that gave us plenty of time after to prepare for the change, and we got great right to left changes several times, and even a few left to right off a tighter distance. I don’t always ask for them,, but he felt good and they went well so YAY! I have been feeling upper iffy about them so I was doing a mini celebration every time we got one.
What about you guys? How often do you jump and how big usually? Just curious what the norm is for everyone else!