But this week, the stars aligned and we managed to plan a ride together! Exciting for a few reasons: First, our big lighted outdoor is finally back in shape, with freshly harrowed new footing!
|"do WAT now?!?" - isabel|
|it's a course with character lol|
Nothing particularly massive - the biggest jump on course was probably 2'9" - but LOTS to look at. And increased technicality for the smaller stuff (a 30' two stride line of skinnies from the crazy table thing to the barrels).
|apparently not spooky enough to garner a nicer effort lol|
|sideways barrels are officially boring|
|so much blur, so few cares|
|zomg gallop go FAST|
|lawn chairs are apparently nbd too|
I just tried to remind myself not to have a backward feel with my hands, to stay upright (and not ahead of the horse) with my upper body, and use my seat and entire leg, hip to heels, to push her up and forward. The basics, folks, sometimes they help!
|these little stools gave us some grief tho|
It was pretty simple, too - just seven jumps: a single on each diagonal and on the center line (parallel with the long sides), a 60' line down one outside line, and a 30' line near the other outside line on a shallow diagonal.
|cute despite the blur|
But, generally speaking, neither horse looked at a single thing on course and just jumped around like it couldn't possibly be any easier. Yay ponies!!
I set up my helmet camera on the fence line to try to catch the ride, and was actually quite pleased with how well it turned out despite the darkness. Plus the fish eye lens combined with our fairly centralized course design meant that every single fence is in the frame.
We took cell phone videos of each other's final courses tho, in case the helmet camera didn't turn out. I particularly like this second course too bc you can kinda get a sense for how I tried to establish our nice trot first, then nice tiny canter - with marginal success lol. Plus you can see Isabel was landing in a different canter than we jumped from - tho her super forward pace led to auto changes in both directions, score!
All in all a super fun ride and solid schooling - yay for jumping weird shit and the horses not even blinking! Now we're all trying to figure out what we should try next haha. (Or maybe it's time to start thinking about our first xc outing of the year?!?)