Less riding so far this week than I would have wanted to have. The friends that were here this weekend stayed Sunday and Monday night. Monday we took off work and went to the Safari park together. Since they were here Monday night, it meant that I was going to get out of the house late on Tuesday morning so I didn’t even try to go out to the barn.
Wednesday I was able to get out to ride. I wanted to just flat around as he hasn’t been ridden much in the last week. (Darn being busy) Scarlet was reacting to the shots that could be heard from the base. There isn’t much between my barn and Mira Mar except for open land. Sound carries well. He was a bit spooky and looky due to the noise. It was annoying but we worked through it.
He was a bit hard to move off of my legs. I really had to work on the forward and the sideways. I’m noticing that with me focusing on keeping my hands a forward like Trainer A wants, he is even more wiggly. Which goes to show that I was using my hands a lot more than I needed to be. When we are moving forward and well into the bridle (OMG does he feel awesome with my hands forward and him moving into the bridle) its easier to stay straight but he is so wiggly when we aren’t perfect. I’m hoping that we can get him listening to my legs and seat a bit better for straightness.
I tried to do some more quarter seat while cantering and man its hard. So much core is needed and I could really feel my lower back hating me. I’m going to do more but I also need to do a bunch more core workouts. I need to do more workouts in general…
Thursday I decided to jump. I went straight to the arena to move the jumps around to my desired heights. I can do it no problem when I have Scarlet tacked up. I can even leave him chilling there with the reins hanging. He will stand really well while I’m moving jumps around. But it does take longer. I don’t feel comfortable leaving him in the middle of the arena while I’m moving things, especially because there isn’t a gate. So hauling him from jump to jump sucks.
I rushed tacking up a bit by just brushing him off instead of the full curry-brush etc I like to do for grooming. He was just dusty so it was fine. K was walking around the arena ponying her second horse when I got in there. Scarlet was nice and forward even at our first walk because he was trying to catch up to the other horses. Made my life a bit easier.
After we warmed up, I started us over the medium X I had set up. Zero issues with that one. It is well within Scarlet’s capabilities. Instead of going over that one again, I continued around the arena to jump the large X on the other side. It had looked so big when I had set it up. And it looked big when I had been warming up. But jumping? Not that bad. Scarlet had no issues with it either. He didn’t have any issues with the single jumps except for bad turns on my part.
I tried to keep my legs on more to the jumps. Not pushing, but being there supporting him. This is something I’ve noticed when jumping during lessons. My automatic reaction to being on the approach was to soften and try to do nothing. That works okay on horses that want to jump but it also isn’t fair to ask them to do all the work. So I was trying to do my part. Scarlet was slightly thrown off by that. He seemed a bit confused but worked out of it in a few jumps and seemed to feel more confident due to it afterward. I did have to focus harder on not throwing myself over the jump when keeping my leg on. So many things to remember while jumping!
We did the one stride a couple of times and then went to the four stride. The first time through we didn’t have enough impulse and got four with an awkward chip. The second time I think I may have been looking down at jump two of the line as we almost stopped. Scarlet hopped awkwardly over it from basically a stand still, saving our butt. The third time was much better. We powered up correctly and got the four strides.
I did circle around to the 2′ vertical I’d set up and jumped it once. But I’d basically run out of riding time by then and couldn’t do more than the one jump and still finish out my ride with the trot. As it was, I ended up pushing it as I trotted until I got a more relaxed trot instead of the anticipating-the-canter-trot he wanted to give me. Darn that work for making me get off.
I really do have so much fun riding my horse, especially when jumping sessions go well like this one.