Thursday, March 12, 2015

makeup lesson + clinic prep

We fit in a lesson on Tuesday night to make up for missing Saturday. This worked well enough for me and B, considering we usually ride Tuesdays anyway. The weather was a little nasty in that it was raining a LOT (like, half an inch to an inch throughout the day). It was very spring-like out tho - so all the snow was melting (making for even more water on the roads, yay!) and it was foggy foggy.   

'wake me up when it's over' - isabel

The horses were good tho and we put in a solid final ride before Wednesday's clinic (details to come tomorrow). Trainer P rode her three horses on each day of the 3-day clinic, so she was already brimming with ideas. The first and foremost being: forward forward forward! And boy did she make us move haha!

'wait, you mean i can't just sleep through this?!?'

My biggest objective was to actually sit up - and specifically wore a belt with a shiny buckle and tucked my shirt in so that I could clearly see in the mirrors if there was any slouching or collapsing going on. And you'll be shocked to hear that sitting up actually really helped lol. 

It felt like we flatted for a lonnnngg time - but Isabel felt really truly great. We got what is probably our best ever left lead canter, and had nice moments on the right lead. All in all it felt like the best preparation I was gonna get for the clinic - and was quite the workout between forcing myself into a better position (boo weak core!) and just going and going and going. 

'let's just do the jumping thing, none of that dressage'

And honestly I was a little tempted to just call it a day at that and conserve for the clinic. But then P set up a nice little grid... who can resist that? lol

Given the rain and all it was super dark in the arena, so any video stills came out too dark and blurry for even my low standard for photo quality. Therefore you just get gifs. Hope that's cool!


It started as an X, with a ground pole one stride after. Then slowly grew to a vertical, one stride to an oxer, one stride to another bigger oxer. Isabel was absolutely phenomenal, and we only had one little hiccup when I got ahead of her and then lost my stirrups (below). 


And frankly, I think my position over the final oxer without stirrups might be better than in the first and last gifs since I couldn't jump ahead. 


One of these days I'll learn to just be still to the fence instead of throwing my upper body at the poor horse.... But that day wasn't Tuesday and Isabel is already quite proficient at tolerating my shenanigans. So we'll call it good enough for now :)

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  1. Miss J always says "Open your chest like I'm stabb ing you in the back" to get us to sit up XD

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  2. Love the belt buckle idea! Such a good visual reminder!

    "But that day wasn't Tuesday" haha! Yep. That defines my Wednesday.

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    1. yea... most days aren't really 'that day' if we're being honest... but we'll get there eventually haha

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  3. belt buckle! what a smart idea. i'm notorious for leaning forward regardless what i'm doing and i'm reminded that "it'll be the death of me!".

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    1. you and me both! another way i try to think about it is to try and 'squeeze my belly button' - that really helps engage my core, but it doesn't do enough to get the 'lift' i need up front

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  4. Look at you guys go! Excited to hear about the clinic!

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    1. thanks!! the clinic was great - and a lonnnnnng post is in the works haha

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  5. Throwing your body is much more fun than being still.

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    1. i agree completely. sometimes ya just gotta dance around a bit, right?? lol

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  6. I can't wait to hear about the clinic. I hope it goes well. I have trouble with leaning forward too.

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    1. thanks!! i think leaning forward is a really common struggle - bc we kinda want to help the horse out by getting forward with them... except doing that actually has the reverse effect on them... oops!

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  7. my coach always says "belt buckle up"! It's a good one.

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    1. it is! it really helps me get my seat in the right spot - at least when i'm actively thinking about it haha

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  8. Your GIF with no stirrups = <3

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    1. thanks! :) i only wish they weren't so dark... but oh well, that's indoor riding for ya

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  9. Have fun at the clinic! I love riding with mirrors, helps so much!

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    1. thanks! and i agree completely - except i'm not always good about remembering to *use* the mirrors lol

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  10. She has the best facial expressions

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    1. haha right? she can be super cute when she wants too - but i always seem to miss those moments w the camera lol

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  11. I don't have mirrors but the belt idea is a good one.

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    1. it definitely helped me do a better job of sitting up!

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  12. Her tail flick over fences is adorns as are her pricked ears ♡

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    1. haha i love her tail - so majestic :)

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