I am so grateful to have three thoughtful and talented coaches who are willing to work with me (esp when I start getting a little panicky and obsessive haha). If only finances were such that I could take these three lessons EVERY week... imagine the possibilities?!?
|aopf is a very pretty farm. feels like we're on top of the world here!|
|pretty mare and barn! less pretty manure pile lol|
|small red roll tops! jumped these a bunch in warm up|
Then he just started calling out jumps - beginning with a small log on the ground, then a coop, then a couple passes through the BN red roll tops from last time. And the whole idea was that I'd maintain this feeling of hands farther forward and adjusting with my body, weight and legs. So that whole sequence is in this first video below.
Then we moved on to a little more actual course work - including the same roll tops plus ditches and banks and some other stuff.
Dan spent a couple minutes telling me how I ought to ride it (pushing her up into the contact without pulling back) and I opted to include that lecture in the video. Makes for longer video , but I find it useful to listen to, and perhaps you will too?
|other red roll top - not sure if this is BN or N|
|irish banks again!!|
|N ditch is a Big ditch|
video of course 1 (with banks and ditches) here, complete with trainer commentary
Then we moved on to the last two courses (both pretty short). Really I wanted to avoid wearing Isabel out (she was EXHAUSTED after our schooling in August) so I was happy to keep things quick.
|cute carrot!!! also - have you gotten the feeling yet that we jump the left side of everything? one day i will learn to properly steer to the center....|
|in and out logs!! these continue to ride super well|
|log directly out of water|
So naturally I got worried about distances at the first jump and backed off and we just barely made it over... but the second log went better.
|just chillin in the water|
Essentially, the takeaway of the day is: no matter what happens, keep riding forward into the contact. Always and forever amen. Isabel has the talent and ability (and education) to get us out of trouble - but she's not going to do it for me. I have to ride her such that she's best positioned to do so.
|she has such a dainty face lol. that's a cob-sized halter on the smallest settings!|
|lots of grass for the good girl|
So now we just settle in for the last few days - hacking out and light dressage schooling. Should be good!