|pony looks ready, no?|
As you may have seen in Kaitlyn's post on Something To Talk About Eventing, trainer P had an awesome lesson planned for us this week. And even better? The lesson was more sparsely attended than usual - just Kaitlyn, Brita, a young rider I've ridden with for years (she groomed for me at Jenny Camp and came to the paper chase at Tranquility last year too), and me.
|isabel was *so happy* to be allowed to canter freely again|
And nobody else showed up to school either, so it remained just the four horses in the ring for the full lesson. Not bad!!
|posted because izzy's tail cracks me up in this pic|
Isabel warmed up feeling better than she has in recent memory - I think she was grateful for dry normal footing and the breathing room of a relatively empty arena. We played a bit with the flatwork - esp movements from our upcoming tests - but kept it light so as not to tire her out.
|hog's back!! hard to tell from this angle, but that sucker was wiiiiiiide|
The outside lines stayed at 2'6" for the whole lesson (tho of course everything in the indoor looks much bigger than it actually is ha), and the diagonal singles (pink gate and hogs back) started around there before growing.
|isabel tries to show wick who's really the taller of the two lol|
But nope, it was totally fine. The fences looked big to me (again, everything looks big in the indoor), but not in a scary way. And I only pulled out a couple of my favorite mistakes and oopsies moments.
|figuring out how to actually begin each course is challenging with no rail... but we make do|
Mostly I struggled with the timing of my half halts in the turn before the fence. I was usually a little late, meaning I was still whoa-ing too much to the fences instead of riding forward. Eh. I'm gonna blame it in part on the small spaces tho.
And it only really bit me in the ass once, when we turned the course around and took the short approach to the diagonals. I came off the right hand turn to the hogs back (coming towards the camera in the pic above) without enough power and we screeched to a halt. Oops. Sorry Izzy!
|see what i mean about it being pretty wide?|
Tho naturally I went a little too far and started shooting out of the corners with too much power and not enough half halt, and had to repeat an outside line a couple times before we could find the first jump nicely... Oh well.
|mare likes to jump :)|
And hopefully with practice, will continue improving on those ever-necessary details like balancing through the turns, half halting then riding forward to the fence (but not fast!), and staying nicely with the mare over the fences (perhaps with the help of shortening my damn stirrups lol).