|Of course it happened to be drizzling this evening as well - but the thunder and lightning blessedly never arrived, and the footing was way better than it was for the event. Plus we're certainly not made of sugar and won't melt in the rain :)|
and oh yes - gif spam galore in the post too haha. because i can.
|She jumped everything I pointed her at on the first try, whether I buried her or raced for the leaper. Tho of course her nicest efforts where when I settled and rode the canter properly. |
I had a minor miscommunication with Dan about this line above (he had us doing a TON of related distances, which I thought was interesting). After this log we went down the same little hill that I walked at the Tranquility event (between 4 and 5) to a row of log jumps. The footing was much better and he wanted us cantering the whole thing. I could not for the life of me figure out which log jump he wanted me to finish over, and ultimately chose the wrong one (a slightly off-center skinny log, rather than the wider log dead ahead that he intended...) but it rode just fine.
|Then we moved along toward the water - which sadly appears to be under construction and had a tarp floating through half of it. So we just trotted and cantered through a few times while Dan reminded us that everything we've learned about rhythm still applies to the water: sit back and keep the horse in front of your leg on the same rhythm.|
|There wasn't much more we could do there, so then we went up the same path from the event into the little wooded clearing. Meaning we jumped that line of the muck buckets to the tires again - and now it's on video, yay! Once in the woods we jumped around a whole bunch of the logs in there, including the above log to small up bank. Dan's big point was that horses tend to back off and get behind the leg in the woods, so we had to ride proactively.|
we also turned this around - coming down the bank then over the log. slightly nerve wracking!!
|Next we went out to the line from the bench to the faux ditch (or the fauxffin, as I referred to it haha). Dan had us start by trotting just the faux ditch first, then cantering it and adding the bench, which was a rolltop in this direction. |
And here's where I got reprimanded since I remembered getting 4 strides in this line at the event (even tho now we were going up hill instead of down) and GUNNED it, leading to a nasty sliding chip stride. As Dan said: "That was not an appropriate approach for this fence." Oops.... He was right tho - and you'll see what he meant on the video.
we fixed it tho
|So after that I remembered to actually organize my canter and ride the freaking horse, not the distance... and we did it just fine both directions in an even and rhythmic five strides.|
Dan specifically pointed out the terrain here - noting that the hill wasn't insignificant and played a role in our approaches in both directions. He said that for a down hill approach it's important to get all the way to the base of the fence.
|After that we moved on to the last section of the day: the bank complex. And this complex appears to be fairly recently freshened up with really nice footing all around it. So we stuck around playing for a little while.|
|I needed to be reminded to let my reins slip on the down banks after catching Izzy in the mouth badly the first time. He wanted us trotting to the banks exactly as if we were trotting to a jump in the arena. And again - we were supposed to get all the way to the base for the up banks - no weird leaping.|
|We then added the small left side roll top to the line after an up bank, and it rode just fine (except I nearly ran into the tree, oops). Then I almost peed my pants when Dan told me to jump the bigger side (above) and come down the bigger bank. I actually asked if he was serious. Which naturally was a stupid question deservedly met with silence and I just sorta wandered away to find my line (and try to remember when I last updated my life insurance policy...).|
|But Izzy jumped the bank! And I didn't fall all the way off!!! And only almost killed the horse!!!!|
not shown in the gif (but fully included in the video) is my graceful scrambling after losing a stirrup and yanking Isabel almost off her feet by turning too sharply on the steep hill...
|So yea... we survived haha. Isabel is a saint. I think this mare will eventually take me to novice. She's probably ready now, actually. I'm not (obviously) but it feels amazing knowing she is.|
(video includes both M's and my rides since Dan's feedback is pretty useful to hear regardless of who it's aimed at)
Phew - sorry (but not really) that this was so long! Virtual cookies if you made it this far - and if you did I hope you enjoyed all the media haha. It was a really great ride that left me feeling super positive about our event at Fair Hill.