Okie dokie folks. Time to review my first ever exercise in goal setting to see how I did. The results? I probably accomplished about 30% of what I set out to do. Seems about right lol.
1. Work consistently on stretching down through my heels and achieving a long, relaxed leg from hip to heel. Specific efforts will include a few minutes of no-stirrups trot/canter work each (non-lesson) ride, and at least two bareback rides.
picture taken 9/28
Umm... yea this needs more work. My right leg continues to curl up under me. I was pretty good at the no stirrups thing at the beginning of the month, but tapered off when we got more serious about show prep. And uh, the bareback rides never happened. So this goal is staying on the docket.
2. My lesson schedule in September is a bit wonky but here's the plan:
-one or two lessons with D. Clasing @ GE
-try to fit in a bio-mechanics lesson on 9/27 - might be wishful thinking tho
-potentially haul Isabel to ST, the fancy pants hunter barn, for a lesson 9/16 - more for the experience than anything else
Our dressage, xc, and jumping lessons got jumbled a bit bc of Isabel's untimely wound. But we managed to fit in one dressage lesson, one xc school, and one stadium lesson at OF. The D. Clasing lesson happened... but we were just spectators unfortunately. Maybe next month? Bio-mechanics WAS wishful thinking. But the deposit is in for an October lesson. And the ST lesson idea was tabled when I decided to take a break from that barn. Still undecided on next steps there, but still have time to work it out.
3. Get some gymnasties & grids back into our routine - Isabel eats them up, plus they made a huge difference when we started jumping in helping her figure out distances on her own. Perhaps these will be good opportunities for no-stirrup work on my end??
I'm gonna call halfsies on this one. We schooled a fairly simple grid (a FORWARD two stride to a one stride complete with placing poles) set up for the lesson program a few times. Isabel did it just fine, but it wasn't really what I had in mind. I'm thinking more in terms of bounces and one strides - since we've never done a bounce before.
grids are also a nice way to introduce new heights
So, we're getting some repeat action here:
1. More no-stirrups work (no balancing on hands please!!!) and at least 2 bareback rides AND: Two Pointober from Hillary at Equestrian at Hart and L. Williams from Viva Carlos. (for anyone following who somehow doesn't already read those blogs too, check 'em out and join in the fun!!)
2. At least 1, ideally 2 dressage lessons. 3 jump lessons at OF. and 1 D. Clasing lesson.
3. Bio-mechanics lesson with particular focus on Izzy's right hind and my ineffective leg aids
4. Chiro appointment to investigate some of my concerns re: Isabel's hind end
5. Gymnastics! with a BOUNCE!! (perhaps can be requested during a jump lesson?)
7. Make a decision re: ST
kinda wish it could be summer forever...