Rio and I snuck in a jump lesson last Thursday evening before I had to leave town for the weekend. I was a bit worried it would get cancelled (it poured the day before) but thanks to amazing footing, we were still able to to ride. I begged, pleaded, and finally bribed Joanne to come and take some media, so everyone can thank her for making this post way more interesting then if it was just a running stream of my word vomit. THANK YOU JOANNE!
Strut, strut, strut
Our lesson went great! Rio and I are both really starting to get the “add” and I’m realizing how nice it is to have that extra adjust-ability. Grant it, it’s not always the prettiest add, or the best jump, but you gotta start somewhere right? With time I think it will become less obvious to the casual observer. I really like that we now have this extra tool in our toolbox, and that I don’t ALWAYS have to take the long spot when I don’t see the correct distance.
Ok, onto the video! To changes things up a bit, I’ll describe how I thought the round went.
First trot jump- Rio dove a bit right on the landing. This is not unusual for us, as the right is his far weaker side, and I never got him straight off the right rein after the turn to the jump.
He came back nicely though and fit in the 5 pretty well (this line always rides tight for us. Actually, almost all lines feel tight for us LOL #moosehorseproblems).
We had to avoid the little lake at the end, so I didn’t attempt any fly changes after that line during our lesson. I am on pretty strict instructions from the trainer to only do the change if he is set-up perfectly for it. We were having problems with him rushing into them, and not getting it behind. Entirely my fault I’m sure, so we’ve taken a few steps back on them to make sure we get it right.
I was REALLY pleased with the diagonal line. He kept his stride short for me through the turn, and then we found a great spot for him to really rock back and jump from- that WASN’T a crazy flyer. He also settled right away and made the 5 look easy. I was definitely worried when he jumped in with such gusto that we would eat up the line, but he came right back! Yay Rio!
Coming around to the grey Bay Yard jump, I really concentrated on keeping the quality of the canter, and I felt like the jump came up well. Nothing particularly large, Rio stepped over it easily. He landed so straight and balanced that he easily stepped into the change, I barely had to think about it.
Usually about this point in a course, Rio’s stride has turned into an 18 ft stride and I can’t get him collected again unless we walk and re-group. I was SO PLEASED that we were able to to add the extra strep before the roll top. I know that that bending line is a snug 6, and that no way in hell would I be able to take a huge spot into it and still make the distance work. The take back to the roll top may look really obvious and not that pretty right now, but it’s a HUGE improvement for us. Baby steps! Our plan paid off because the 6 rode really easily.
I have another video (that didn’t go quite as smoothly HA) that I will post tomorrow with more commentary. Check back soon!
My name is Kelly and I’m a late 20 something who is living the dream of owning a horse as “an adult”. I have officially become the Adult Amateur that I once dreaded as a youth- and I’m loving every horsey moment of it. Over the years I’ve dabbled in most English disciplines, and have firmly landed in hunter land. Now that I am finally living the horse owner dream I chronicle the excitement, disappointment, and general hilarity in this blog.