|Isabel!!!!! from last year's epic blogger cross country meet up with Allison and Niamh|
|hands half way (ish) up the neck|
Dan talked about the importance of having distinct riding styles between each phase - and that for xc he wanted my galloping position to include hands farther forward. As in, half way up Isabel's neck, with knuckles actually pressing into her neck. He used Andrew Nicholson as an example of a rider who really doesn't move his hands at all, and rather makes all his adjustments through his body and legs and core, etc.
And at our season opener at Loch Moy last year, I wrote TWICE about how on cross country, when I remembered to get my hands farther forward up the horse's neck, it was suddenly much easier to commit to the forward ride on the horse.
|pictured: hands not where they belong.|
|pictured: such a good boy|
|lol my hands are definitely in the category of "once you've seen it, you can't unsee it" .... blargh|
also - spot the "fun" uphill roller coaster log line in the background!
I was... less ready and taken a bit by surprise by the unexpected schooling (as evidenced by not having my helmet cam on hand!), but felt game enough. And I did in fact feel better throughout the whole ride than I had the schooling before. Small steps, y'all.
|warm up logs!|
|roll top again!|
|out with a bigger group this time, and doin good|
|same uphill log as last time|
|in jump of the uphill log LINE!|
|out jump. with horse's head and neck restricted by rider's hands. le sigh.|
|for context, a grainy clip of izzy doing 4 over the same line. compare to charlie in the below video|
And the reality is that I'm simply not that same rider from 2015 any more. Which sucks but... well. Shit happens. If I play my cards right tho, Charlie will get me whipped back into shape!!
|up banks = easy|
|down banks = slightly more challenging, at least for rider haha|
Plus, again, I'm expecting that the correction in my upper body and arm positioning can fix these issues better than a bigger bit anyway. We'll see.
|damn that is a long long horse tho haha|
|wheeeee flying through the water!|
fun (and shorter) video here! (sorry there's not more, I didn't bring my helmet cam and my lesson mates were often otherwise occupied jumping their own jumps lol)
Really tho, like I said last week, we just need more mileage. The horse is proving to be bold and brave, tho he definitely feels very green. So I need to continue allowing him to do his thing and gain the experience, but also fill in the gaps and be a more correct rider for when he does have a green moment or two.
|so many pets. <3 him.|
The horse should be fine no matter what, I think, I just need to do my job. And remember to put my goddamn hands forward lol. The plan is to have one more jump lesson (probably in the ring) between now and the show, and depending on weather etc, I may be able to get in a jump school at home too.
|me + my pony|
This xc school felt like good preparation tho. And we had another dressage lesson too that'll get it's own post probably (tho there honestly isn't a ton to say). So ya know. We're dotting all the "i"s and crossing all the "t"s. Like ya do. Maybe I'll get around to cleaning some tack too haha, or doing laundry? Eh. Devil in the details, and such.