And idk about you, but I can sometimes feel like my opinion and impression of a ride are somewhat unformed or half baked without actually watching the video too. Like I have to "review the tape" to study and fully understand what all went down.
|his dopey face tho lol|
|idk about you, but i LOVE these painted boxes - plaster flaking off a brick wall. too cute!|
And I'm figuring out that it's just a normal function of his constant evolution. The fact is: Charlie can officially been deemed "Fully Started Over Fences" now. Like. He knows how to jump. He has gotten a sense for his own striding, his own eye. He can find a jump himself, but can also go long or deep. Certainly he's not anywhere close to "finished" (LOL) but the foundation is laid.
|more brick!! with the quintessential hunter green standards|
But now that Charlie's in a much more "forward thinking" place, I'm suddenly playing catch up with him. He's ready to be challenged, ready to to approach some fences that give him something to look at... and I'm maybe still mentally back in January where we just kinda bopped around everything and it was a big commotion if Charlie figured out how to actually canter a fence lol.
|those are just splatters on this box haha. plainest of plain white fences|
|more pretty stone walls tho!|
That's a very good thing in the grand scheme of things - he's a good honest horse who is showing a taste and keenness for jumping. Not to mention an excellent sense of humor with a heaping dose of ammy-friendly forgiveness. No doubt about it, I'm grateful.
|standards would be way cuter with requisite hanging ferns. also see the cute stone wall (with wind blown standards) in the background?|
Our lesson this past weekend ended well, but it started rough. Again, I'll share the full details when I have the accompanying media.... Suffice it to say, tho, that it didn't really feel like a satisfactory last jumps school before our next show, even if that show is just over 18" fences.
|more "flaking plaster" boxes! obvi this is actually a line, but i jumped them separately|
Plus all the jumps where set at a perfectly inviting ~2' height, but with fun configurations of boxes and gates and poles galore. I'd be a fool to ride around an open arena full of these fences and not jump any of them, right?
|another line, and another i jumped separately. i like that they have all different size gates too. also would have jumped that full brick wall on the left but the standards and ground line pole were blown too much into the track, alas.|
We approached fences from loops across the center. From short (but easy) roll back turns. And also from longer straight approaches. And I tried to ride like someone's actually taught me lol. Legs down under me, short reins with hands forward, light seat (but not half seat, plz Emma) but actually sitting and with shoulders open and further back than I want them.
And for the first time in my riding life with Charlie? Not only did we not actually totally miss once, but I was able to see each fence from a more or less good going distance at about 4 strides out. It helped that the horse was very steady and rideable haha. Perhaps he was channeling his inner hunter? Oh and he even popped quite a few changes over fences AND ground poles!
One day, folks. One day we'll get there (wherever "there" is haha). Even if it means that occasionally I need to buck up and make myself jump the damn jumps. Do you jump often outside of lessons? Or only on an as-needed basis? Or maybe your ratio of lessons to self-schools is the exact opposite, with most of your jumping done solo with just the occasional lesson? Do you ever feel like there's a big difference, whether it's in how you go or what you tackle?