Now that Rio is back in action we have been taking 2 jump lessons a week (making up for lost time and all!). It has been really nice because I don’t feel as much pressure to get a ton accomplished in every lesson, knowing we have another in just a few days. Rio has been improving every ride, always ending on a great note.
It is so exciting to be jumping real jumps again, and I think in a few more lessons we might be ready to do full courses again. That being said, Rio is hopefully getting his hocks injected this week, so he’ll need some time off for that before we starting hitting the jumps hard. Crazy to think it’s already August tomorrow! Only 4 more weeks until fall shows start.
Rio seems to be doing well in the new bit I’ve been trying. I like that he is more willing to take a feel, even if it means he gets a bit heavy at times. I actually much prefer that to dropping behind the bridle every time I touch the reins. He also seems to be be gaping less overall in this bit. I’ve been watching a lot of videos about bits and how they work which has really helped my understanding of the different types, and the effects of tongue versus bar pressure. The Bomber Bit videos and website is super informative (for all types of bits, not specific to bomber brand bits only). Check out this video for an intro to various bits and their actions.
Pics from our lesson:
On another note, my hubby and I had dinner at my parent’s house last night. My retired horse, Pal, still lives with them, and I decided to hop on last night for a quick walk through the neighborhood. My mom still trail rides him about once a month. He is 29 years old, and has been with our family since 1995. Check out this older post to see Pal back in his glory days!
Do any of you still get to see old horses you used to own? Who else is counting down the weeks until fall shows?