|enjoying daytime turnout even if it's cold and even if there isn't actually any grass (the green is a lie!)|
Except. Lol, joke's on you, there's no actual media proof ;)
last dressage lesson with Trainer C, and Charlie responded really well.
|sweet dopey face <3|
|also did i mention it's been cold? kept this sweet ass quarter sheet (a hand-me-down from Wick, sadface) on for the entire ride|
|admittedly bad pic but you can see the two oxers, 60' distance. final jump height right smack between 2'3 and 2'6|
We started by working back and forth over the above line in each direction, with ascending oxers either way. Trainer P would still like us trotting in where possible bc that's more educational in terms of getting Charlie thinking about where his feet are. But tracking left (with the aforementioned dinosaur in tar pit issues), cantering in was easier.
Trotting in called for a quiet and compressed 5 - which was really good practice for both of us as I start relearning my eye for jumping. Cantering in was a true 4 (60'), which really is quite easy for Charlie but maybe mentally challenging for Emma haha. I was very proud of him when he kinda fumbled the jump in and I maybe wasn't committed to the 4, but Charlie went ahead and did it anyway. Good boy. Already learning that sometimes I make poor life choices lol!
|two-stride to two-stride line from last time, but this time as actual jumps. ridden towards the camera|
Once we were back on track, I still struggled with executing the turn. This is where the whole "I can't just be a bump on a big bay log" thing really cropped up. The horse is not great to steer right now and the "bigger" jumps only amplify that. So I couldn't just grab the neck strap while Charlie sorted it out - bc we had some major bobbing and weaving happening through the line.
We started with just the first two jumps, and Charlie tried his damnedest to run out to the left in between. Which led to some awkward jumps, but damn it if we didn't jump. Got through it a couple times, finally getting straight. Then added the third element and that sneaky pony ran out to the right.... Le sigh. Arguably my fault for a subpar turn and then a lost position after an awkward in jump... but still. I was quiiiiite annoyed with myself for showing him the exit. Oh well.
After that, tho, I worked a little harder on setting our turn up better and earlier (more outside aids - almost thinking counter bend!) and Charlie nailed it a few times. Good boy. He really was quite tired by this point too, but I was super happy with him for finally figuring it out, even if he first tried to figure out evasions instead....
|Charlie: "yes i understand that there is a veritable mountain of hay behind me.... sure. but. it's not good enough."|
It's cool tho. I'm honestly not gonna be super hard on myself bc I haven't jumped anything significant in a LONG time. And my confidence is shit right now. BUT. But. I'm starting to feel my position coming back again. We jumped from a LOT of awkward places in this ride - but I only truly lost my position (meaning: not able to recover and ride the next stride immediately after a fence) just once or twice (once being when we had the run out).
Sure, if there were media evidence I can promise that it wouldn't look particularly pretty (I got left behind a fair bit bc getting ahead of this horse is very high on my personal "no-no" list) but I was mostly able to slip my reins and keep my lower leg under me so that I still could stay out of the horse's way. Small steps, y'all. Even if they're ugly steps haha.
At least the actual jumping part is finally pretty easy for the horse haha!