Jump Lesson

Recently my trainer and my schedules hadn’t lined up to for a lesson. Monday they finally did! I arrived at the barn ad 4:30 and ended up having to wait. There were some itty bitty kids who were supposed to have shown up an hour earlier for their walk trot lesson that were just getting on then. It’s slightly annoying but I didn’t have anything else planned for the night so I sat waiting.

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Breaking up the text with cute pictures of my cats!

Brad had just been flatted before I got there so he was eating some hay in his stall. I didn’t want to pull him away from his dinner until the very last moment. I’d just dealt with Scarlet attitude the day before due to riding while it was dinner time. I really didn’t want to have to deal with another horse having attitude.

Sitting in the barn turned out to be quite amusing. I overheard a ton of things from the teens in there. One girl complained that her stomach hurt too much to clean out the hooves of her pony and got another girl to do it. I offered her some antacids but she said she was just really hungry. (WTF? I don’t think I’ve EVER been too hungry to care for my horse on my own) This brought up that another girl hadn’t cleaned Brad’s feed (or the sweat marks) after riding him just before me. She said she’s never cleaned his feet. (KIDS ARE THE WORST SOMETIMES!) Another girl was bemoaning how her horse search wasn’t going anywhere. Her budget was $3000 and the horse needed to be able to go around a 2’9″ course with room to grow. She wasn’t finding anything good and kept shooting down names the other kids suggested with comments of “He/she’s the worst.”

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At about ten minutes till I needed to ride, I got Brad all situated and walked out. He’s always got a mare glare going but he had an extra few wrinkles in his nose at being taken out again so soon. I told him he’d have to just suck it up. We warmed up while the tinies finished their walking cooldown. After a bit of walk and trot, we trotted over some ground poles with the goal of maintaining an even pace in between them. We did the same at the canter. It wasn’t perfect the first time through but I got the hang of supporting with both legs just the right amount after that.

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Trainer D started us off with a really good exercise that I’m totally going to attempt to implement with Scarlet. We started by going over the lower blue fence in the picture on the left lead. We approached it on the long angle from the top of the arena. My goal was to then turn left, circle around between the grey and top blue fence and approach it again. It ended up with a circular track on the second approach. The first time I went over, I didn’t trust myself or Brad to make the left turn and we ended up awkwardly going around the brown fence to the right. The second time, I looked to the left in midair and steered. We made the turn and it was very nice. We did it to the right with the top blue line coming between the tan fences and then circling around the gray and brown fences.

After getting the warmup fences down, Trainer D laid out a small course. She wanted me to come down the brown line in five strides on the right lead, head up to the upper grey fence, land on the left lead and if it was all going well to go over the pink fence. The pink fence was a little daunting as the filler was a step looking thing with flowers but I knew Brad could do it. We had basically no momentum going into the line first. I wasn’t directing strong enough so Brad wasn’t putting out the effort. I got him moving more forward while doing the right hand turn to the grey fence. We popped over that and I headed for the pink fence. There was no way I wasn’t going to do the reaching exercise. I’m game to hop over ANYTHING if I trust the horse I’m on to do the job. Especially when there is someone else setting the fences up and saying ‘yeah you can do this’. That one came up okay as well.

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And a picture of a snoot!

Trainer D pointed out that I got dead center on the grey fence on my approach. She was pretty happy with that which tickled me. It’s nice to get positive reinforcement on things that I do sometimes.

We did the same line again but added the five stride line coming the other way after the pink jump. We did okay but we stumbled on landing a few times and cut the corners. Brad likes to lean in on turns and is so freaking hard to get to move over when going at speed. Trainer D pointed out that I was approaching the jump great, getting over and then right before Brad lands, I’d drop my chin. This knocked both of us off balance and caused his shoulders to bulge in easier, which made the turns even harder.

With keeping my chin up in mind, I headed to do the fences again. I kept it up and made sure we moved out in the turns to get smoother turns. We landed on the right lead after the grey fence. I asked for a flying change and got it. But that added some spunk to Brad’s step and we charged the pink fence. We took the biggest flyer ever over that fence. I even said “Oh God!” as we were flying. I wasn’t scared of the jump. I felt stable and still had control but it was definitely an “oh shit” moment or a “we’re really doing this” moment. I stayed with him and completed the course. Trainer D said that I did really well coping with the extra long takeoff.

As the final jump, we did the grey to the pink jump again, keeping the pace consistent. It went super well and we called it a night.

Some things Trainer D said was that my hands were following well, I didn’t anticipate the jumps and I did very well keeping him steady with my legs. It’s great to hear all that as I’ve definitely been working on all of that with Scarlet.

I did get to show her some of the videos of Scarlet and I jumping recently. She says he looks really good. I think he does but I’m super biased. I love showing him off to people. I really wish that I had a way to get him over to Trainer D’s for just one lesson with her. It would be so different on him than on Brad. I still love my lessons though. I get great things to practice at home. My goals for the near future are to try the circle exercise to work on long and short approaches having the same pace.

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PS. Three years blogging! Woot!

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Digging the Ditch

After our oxer breakthrough earlier this week, we’ve not done anything quite that exciting. Mostly just generic working rides. Still a good week though.

Wednesday I did my weekly bareback ride. I try to do them weekly at least. It was colder and windy that afternoon. Scarlet was really energetic and kinda screamy. His neighbor was turned out before I got him out of his stall and that sent his tiny brain into a tizzy. It was a bit difficult to get him tacked up and I thought I might be taking my life into my hands but I did it. He was a bit energetic at first but settled in quite well. I didn’t really focus on doing much with him. I like these rides because it’s really about focusing on myself and how I’m able to ride. I always come away sore though. Specifically in my inner thighs and hip flexors. I really need to do more hip flexor stretches.

Friday was a chill ride with Holly and Uno. Holly was tacked up before me and came to our cross tie to pick us up. We warmed up around the barn and then did a bit of work in the arena and then walked around the barn again. Rides without a real purpose are fun sometimes as well. We turned our boys out together after the ride. After they rolled, both of them walked up to the fence and stared at us. They are such goobers. No, don’t take advantage of the open arena to wander around and have fun boys. Just stare at us.

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From just before they headed over to stare at us

Sunday I rode by myself. It was when the evening feed was being delivered and Scarlet was kinda an asshole.  Not exactly doing anything bad but he had such an attitude. I was not having it and made him work through it. We warmed up then focused on leg yielding both ways. He got stuck with no momentum when we first were doing them. It’s quite difficult to get them going if there is no forward happening. So I asked him to just go a few steps sideways and then forward as soon as we lost that forward feel. We got some okay yields in there. I will need to work on them some more. We also did a bunch of transitions up and down. Our downward from canter to trot still sucks. We don’t have a half halt that gets him reaching forward with his legs yet. Gotta figure out how to work on that first.

After the ride, we cooled down around the barn. I checked his feed as a while back we’d had issues with him getting alfalfa during the morning and evening feed. He retains weight really well and does not need any help with that.

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Yep that’s alfalfa

Sure enough, there was alfalfa there. I emailed the barn owner and sent her the above picture. She said she will talk to the guy again and make a bigger sign in hopes that that will be more clear to him. I hope so. I don’t really want to deal with Scarlet getting fatter. Its also quite annoying because I’ve had this convo with her probably 4 times now. Just feed my horse the right hay!!

Badass Boss (Kinda)

Monday, I did something that I have avoided doing for a while. I was scared that my greenness would somehow put me and Scarlet into a dangerous situation and he would get hurt. I knew I was probably being a worry wart and that everything would be fine.

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After all, it’s not like Scarlet pogos up and down over a jump. We’ve jumped this spread going over normal fences.

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But for some reason, I had not been willing to try oxers. I was willing to nudge fences higher and do grids with Scarlet but not oxers.

Monday I was riding by myself and I saw the above fence set up. I thought “Wow that looks really inviting and not all that scary.” I kept looking at it while I warmed up and finally just told myself, “Go over it.” I turned Scarlet down the line, we cantered in and over it. Scarlet loved it. I loved it. So I did it two more times.

Scarlet actually loved it a bit too much. When I tried to circle after the second time, he kept locking onto any fence we came remotely close to. He wasn’t quite willing to throw himself sideways over them but I bet if I’d pointed him anywhere close to the fence, he would have tried to go over.

I don’t know why one type of fence was a bigger obstacle for me than another. It’s not like going up in height or really even putting much of a spread on there. There was just something in my hindbrain telling me not to do that. But now I have. And I’m going to do it again. I’m looking forward to adding oxers to our normal jumps.

Tuesday, I rode with Holly. There was a lesson going on in the jump arena and another person riding as well so it got a little crowded. As is typical of lesson riders, this one didn’t know how to steer well. Scarlet got a bit annoyed as she cantered up our butt and within crop smacking distance of our side. I’d understand if it was a tight space but it really wasn’t. Everyone was riding in different directions and reversing when they felt like it. I dont have a problem with that except when people don’t steer well. After doing most of my warm up and cantering one way, I left that arena to go to the back one.

There, I cantered the other way and then timed myself at the trot while two-pointed. I got up to 2:09. I was pretty pleased with that. After I stretched out a bit, I took us around the barn at the walk to cool down. I’ve been two-pointing during my cool down as a way to practice and build some more muscle. Holly joined us for part of the walk.

Wednesday was quite windy and I was wondering if I was going to be risking myself by riding bareback. But I’d planned on a bareback ride and I want to make sure that I don’t skimp on those as they are really good for me to do. Scarlet was pretty up while grooming due to the wind and his neighbor having been taken out of his pen before I got there.

I was feeling a bit of dread as I climbed on but after a bit of walking, he settled down and worked pretty nicely. I was pretty happy with the work. I really try to focus on me and how I’m riding bareback. I don’t have the support and solidness of my seat that I’d need to get Scarlet to work really well without a saddle so bareback days are focus on Alex days.

I like adding it in because it gives Scarlet a pretty easy ride but still gets him out and works me pretty hard. I’m going to try to make sure I get at least one a week in. I doubt I’ll be trying to do no stirrup November though. That’s just a bit too intense for me.

Cooler Weather and a Jump Party

The weather has been a bit cooler here. It’s lovely to have 70 degree days versus 80+. I’m hoping it stays this way instead of heating back up. Scarlet is loving the cooler weather as well. He’s a bit more frisky and looky though.

Friday the ride started off pretty normal. He was super behind my leg and I kept trying to urge him forward during warm up. He kinda gave me the middle finger unless I was actively spurring him. It was getting quite annoying. Then, we went around the spooky corner and he spooked at something *cough*nothing*cough*. Up we went. Instead of being behind the leg we were now behind the leg AND up and down. SO much fun.

The rest of my warm-up was spent getting him moving forward and staying forward even when approaching that corner. Our normal trot warm up ended up taking about 20 or so more minutes as I circled and circled. After a while, I decided he was just being an ass and wasn’t spooked anymore. I started making him overbend in that corner. I mean really overbend as well. He wanted to peek at the corner and that always makes his back drop and head come up. I was done with his shenanigans so he had to listen. After a few rounds of that, he seemed to give up the game.

We did canter some that day but I don’t think it was very productive. I was pretty tired after a long trot session and he was very sweaty. He has a good start on his winter coat and I can’t decide if I’m going to give him a clip or not. It doesn’t ever really get all that cold in the winter here so I wouldn’t need to worry about blanketing or anything if I do clip. But I’d have to actually do the work and I’m just kinda lazy. lol.

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Saturday turned into a jump party. Holly was out at the same time that I was. I walked around putting the jumps up to higher cross rails before I hopped on Scarlet. We started warming up and then Kristen showed up on her horse. That turned into a delightful time of us all taking turns jumping once we warmed up. I took a few single fences and then a four stride double. Kristen is pretty experienced at jumping and all these jumps were small for her horse. She did little courses and added some interesting turns to use halves of combinations in the arena. It was pretty neat. Holly copied one of the combinations she had done and Uno did it so well. I liked having people to jump with. It made the whole ride really fun.

I also got a video of me jumping since Holly’s bf was there!

Aside from the fun things that happened, my focus this week while riding has been on improving the walk and practicing my two point. Scarlet’s walk is really really annoying. He strides out on his own terms and can really feel nice when he does. But asking him to move up and over his back at the walk is really frustrating. Two winters ago, we had a pretty nice walk but we seem to have lost all that. I’m trying to make sure that I’m not blocking him with my hands while at the same time making sure that I’m not just giving him his head. He wont ever get connected to the bridle if there is nothing to connect with. This is getting frustrating but I have to tell myself that it’s baby steps forward. He is naturally head high and that means he doesn’t lift his back well. I haven’t been working at the walk much until recently so it’s not going to get better in a handful of weeks.

As for my two point, I haven’t timed myself again yet. I did so every day I rode last Oct. I guess competitions really push me. Not sure what that says about me… I have been practicing though. I’ve been standing in the two point for our whole cooldown. That means it’s overall about 5+ minutes of standing at a walk. It’s still working the muscles and hopefully building my time. I haven’t done it at trot for a bit. Trot is my personal nemesis with two point so I will only time myself there. I need to do that this week and get a shake on improving.

October Start

So, I’ve tried the piper knit breeches with the silicone knee patches. They definitely don’t seem to interfere with my leg movement when I’m riding. The only time that I noticed it was when I was cantering. I think that’s actually a good thing though. My legs aren’t as stable as I’d like them to be. The cling made me notice it and then I worked on keeping them still. I tried them bareback as well which really wasn’t any better or worse than my other breeches. I did notice that they seem to have two layers to them. I felt the outer layer move around while riding and the inner layer sticking to me. Not a bad thing, just something I noticed.

This last Saturday was when I rode bareback. I did something different though. I rode between multiple arenas with Scarlet. He’s been trying to dip out of the arena after we warm up like “Oh I’m done now right?”. So I wanted to remind him that we work when I say we work. He actually did pretty well with focusing on me when I said to. We had to walk across the barn 4 times since we went back and forth twice. It was fun and I’ll probably do it again to remind him of this every once in a while.

Sunday, I went to the Mira Mar airshow and wore capris. I had a sunshirt on, a hat and 70spf that I reapplied a lot and then forgot my shins. So my legs were all burnt. The thing that hurts the worst when being burnt? Clothing rubbing on your burns. So no socks or breeches or boots for a couple of days.

I got back out on Wednesday (legs still slightly sensitive but I needed to get back out) and just did a basic ride. It was pretty cool and cloudy so Scarlet was feeling himself. He was a bit snorty and it took a bit to get him down and working. He did a good job and worked pretty well. I wanted to get my personal baseline for two-point-tober. I’m still planning on using this month as a motivation to work on it, even if there isn’t a competition this time. I got 0:31 which is better than my start last year but really demonstrates the loss from my final time due to the lack of practice for the rest of the year.

I took us out of the arena to cool down. As we started walking, there was a super loud plane noise. It was one of the jets from the base. They normally don’t end up over the barn. About half of the horses in the stalls started freaking out and running around. Scarlet… did not! He stopped and tensed up but stayed still and just stayed there while I patted his neck in reassurance. Once the plane was out of the immediate airspace, we continued walking. I was seriously proud of him for maintaining his cool. Military jets are uber loud and I wouldn’t have blamed him at all for freaking out. I am happy that this didn’t happen at the start of our ride. It would have taken quite a bit to get him relaxed after that.

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Stretching

With the small adjustments I’ve been making to my posture while riding and how I feel after doing a bareback ride, I’ve noticed one thing. My hip flexors? They must be made of ceramic or something. Hard, inflexible and fragile.

Seriously, my hip flexors are so tight. I’ve never been a flexible person except for maybe when I was 1 and still didn’t have bones. It doesn’t help that my job requires me to sit at a computer for the whole day. I don’t really move around to loosen them.

I’ve been trying to remember to do some stretching sessions periodically during the day. It’s quite difficult to remember when you’re in the middle of a project and all your brainpower is focused. I need to set a timer or something so I do get up and stretch some.

I’m also stretching how comfortable I am with the heights of fences. Sunday I wanted to do some jumps and my plan was to put some larger than normal cross rails out. There happened to be a fair amount of people out and about when I got on. Scarlet was doing really well and I was feeling pretty good. I went over the small cross rails a few times to warm up. This was a bit difficult because there were 4 horses going every which way but we managed.

K was riding and mentioned that we looked good. I told her about our change to the canter and how much it’s helped us with our approach to fences. She said that every time she sees us we look pretty good and she notices that we improve. That’s always nice to hear. She doesn’t get out much so her seeing us ends up being after a decent chunk of time.

I got off and set up some larger cross rails and a verticle. (And subsequently left my crop at the base of a jump) Scarlet was so freaking good. We got some longer and shorter take off points but they were all smooth and didn’t feel terrible because we were moving at a forward canter. It was just so much easier to jump like that.

I think having the idea of setting jumps higher is a good stretching point. I plan to inch them up since I know Scarlet can handle them. I just need to prove that to myself.

What about you guys? What are you stretching lately? Any physical stretches that you do for riding that you’d like to share?

Breeches

Smartpak was having a bit of a sale this week (when are they not?) so I thought I’d give their piper breeches a try. I’ve been wearing one type of breeches since I got back into riding after college.

https://www.doversaddlery.com/devonaire-versailles-breeches/p/X1-35247B/

These breeches are knit, lightweight and super stretchy. They are awesome for riding in CA. There is really only one problem with them. The top of the knee patch tends to develop holes where it connects with the material. I guess that’s due to the stretchy nature. It’s good for a while but they all tend to have holes by the time a year is up.

I’d like to keep breeches for longer than a year, if possible. I don’t want to spend $250 on a pair of breeches but I also thought spending $40 to have them go out in a year was silly. People seem to like the piper brand and they aren’t that expensive, especially with a sale.

I got this pair, cause it was one of the only sale options left in my size.

https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/piper-breeches-by-smartpak–classic-side-zip-knee-patch-clearance-13894

And I saw this pair and though, ooh knit! Those might be lighter.

https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/piper-knit-breeches-by-smartpak–mid-rise-knee-patch-13074

What I neglected to notice about the second pair is that they have silicone knee patches instead of suede. I’d avoided silicone because my thoughts were that they would be too sticky and would interfere with movement once I was riding. But since they were already here, I tried them on. And I, unfortunately, LOVE how that pair fits. Which leaves me with a dilemma. Do I keep them or send them back?

I can’t, in good conscience, try them in a trial ride and then send them back. I’m too rule-abiding for that. But this pair wasn’t on sale. They were full price but I added them due to the knit material. So they were 70ish dollars. I’ll be super annoyed with myself if I ride in them and hate them. $70 is nothing to sneer at.

So, blog-o-sphere, what are your experiences? Have you ridden in silicone knee pad breeches? How do they compare to suede? Any experiences you can share will help me make my decision!

Working Hard

Since L’s amazing help with my riding, I’ve been trying to practice the things that she helped me with. These have all been quite difficult. It’s a battle against my body’s habits and that’s never an easy thing.

The main thing I’ve been focusing on is the canter. I want it to be quite forward. I’ve got a good feel for the canter now. It’s sometimes a little more “fast” than “forward”. If I feel like Scarlet isn’t getting the forward, I got into a half seat to give his back a bit of a break. It works pretty well and I’m able to sit down afterward without issue. Scarlet loves this canter and is quite happy to canter like this. Circles are a bit difficult now. He’s not as balanced and wants to get shorter in his steps or motorcycle around the circle.

On my part, the canter is taking a bit to get used to. I don’t feel uncomfortable but it’s definitely more energy and canter than I’m used to having. It feels just on the edge of breaking into a gallop. I trust Scarlet to have brakes though so I’m not concerned about that. It’s also so flipping hard to sit! My core hurts so much! I’m getting there but it definitely makes me feel like I’m so out of shape. It’s worth it though. This canter really makes jumping sooooo much easier.

The other two things I am prioritizing at the moment are my hands and my legs/seat combo. The hands are difficult. I’ve been raising them up since I started taking lessons but they haven’t quite reached the level that they should be at. I have been consciously moving them whenever I noticed that they’ve drifted down toward Scarlet’s neck. That is also going to take quite a while to fix. One thing that has surprised me about the hand position change is that my wimpy noodle arms hurt after holding up my own freaking hands.

So pathetic.

I really need to do some more arm exercises. T_T

I considered my leg position and how they managed to move forward into a chair position. I think that one thing that influenced it was my stirrups being slightly too long. I’ve felt like it’s difficult to keep my right stirrup occasionally and have been pushing my heels down more in order to attempt to keep it. This resulted in my whole leg moving forward. With the stirrup change, it’s definitely easier to keep them and I’m able to keep my legs back and heels down without issue.

My seat bones don’t stay under me as well as I’d like. My core isn’t quite as strong as it should be (again, more exercises needed). I’ve been really focusing on this while walking but I lose my focus when doing faster gaits. There’s so much to focus on improving. I know this will get better as I keep trying.

It’s been quite fun to have things to focus on while riding. I generally go out with a loose plan for my rides and this had just added more things for me to work on. Plus, all these things I have a feeling for the “proper” way for me to do them. I’m quite happy with the way I’m working for now. I can’t wait to see what improvements happen as we keep working.

A Helping Hand

Recently, I’ve felt a bit frustrated with my riding. Scarlet has been good and we’ve been making progress but I’ve been feeling like there is a blockage. I feel like I’m almost there for some things but that I’m missing something.

L. had been reading along and chatting with me as I struggled and she volunteered herself as a videographer and advice giver. I really felt like I needed someone to watch and tell me what I couldn’t figure out myself so I jumped at the chance.

I had Scarlet all groomed and tacked up when L got there so we headed up to the jump arena. There was one other person riding around the time. It wasn’t a problem to ride around her.

I started off by warming up. L walked around the arena and gave me tips on how I was riding while I talked about the things that had been bugging me. A trailer bumped it’s way up the driveway and Scarlet got quite tense and spooky. He had his head straight up in the air and was very short strided.

I wasn’t super worried about him running away but I was trying to keep him moving to keep him focused. I got tense and choked up on the reins. L told me to lift my hands to match his head and to just push him forward. More and more forward. I need to remember that forward is ALWAYS the answer.

Its been a while since we rode. I went on a camping trip right after the ride so I didn’t have time to write it up then. I’m going to write the notes down that I wrote right after as a reminder of the things I need to work on. I’ll talk a bit about each one.

  • Hands – hold them up and like I’m supporting a tray, thumbs up and fingers closed, keep my elbows following (in the appropriate gaits)
    • I’ve been trying to improve my hand/arm position a lot lately. From the videos, it still hasn’t improved as much as I’d like it to. I really need to focus on this. It’s quite difficult to fix bad habits so this is going to be a long process for me. I really like having had someone point out the problems and tell me when I actually did it right. It gives me a good baseline feel for what I need to do in the future.
  • Seat – Sit on my seatbone and press back w/legs, put my leg above the saddle before putting it in the stirrup to get the right feel for the seat
    • L got some biomechanic adjustments from Megan when she visited and she passed that bit of knowledge on to me. (Thank you Megan!) I needed to adjust my stirrups up one hole and push my legs back to sit in less of a chair seat. This is hard. My muscles are screaming every time I practice this. This is a good thing but it makes me quite sore. I’m eager to see how future videos look as I can see the leg position problem that L spoke of.
  • Push forward forward forward if his head gets up of if he gets behind the bit/ducks his head against his chest
    • The ducking his head is actually a problem we’ve been having quite a lot recently. Scarlet has been using that as an evasion technique. He is quite soft in the bridle so it feels weird to push him more and more forward. It also makes pushing him out into longer reins difficult as he just floats there rather than following the bit.
  • How to slow posting – use your thighs and abs, imagine sucking the horse up into you
    • I still haven’t conceptually figured this one out but I need to work on the slower post so I can encourage longer steps at the trot
  • Work long and low as much as possible to improve his neck and back (not a quick fix due to conformation and age)
    • Major goal for me. I want him to stretch out and use his back more. I think that with his age getting up there, I need to do everything in my power to make his job easier and make him strong enough to do what I ask. Building the right muscle is definitely a priority.
  • Work on forward jump canter as primary canter
    • This canter feels so much more up than our normal canter. I don’t have a great video of it but I imagine that the air we get is better too. Scarlet loves it and happily runs around faster. It also allows us to meet the jumps out of stride better and Scarlet doesn’t rush the jump anymore. Surprise surprise. He now has the impulsion he needs to get over it easily. It’s quite difficult to ride but I will gain the muscle as we practice.
  • Work on my two point so I can stay up in it two strides before and after the jump
    • Only a month to two-point-tober and I’m so out of two pointing shape. I don’t do it as much as I should so this is a thing I am focusing on for my rides now.
  • Shoulder in – needs to feel steeper than you think, not quite sidepass but much steeper.
    • This was good because I have no mirrors so I cannot tell if we are actually moving correctly or not.

L hopped on for a bit after I rode and did a few circles in each direction with Scarlet. She confirmed a few things we had been talking about. Poor Scarlet had been going for over an hour at this point and was quite ready to go back to his pen.

So, I’ve got a lot of homework but I feel much better about it. I’ve got plenty of things I can work on. These are things that I now have a feel of exactly what I need to do. It’s fantastic and I’m really grateful that L came out and helped me.

Almost forgot! She used the equisense while we were riding and sent me the data from the ride.

 

All the video L took. Go to 8:06 if you want to watch just the jump portion (no sound. There was a lot of wind noise.)

Millionaire Me

Blog Hop intentionally or unintentionally started by Olivia!

There is a lot of stuff that I would want to do if I suddenly came into a windfall of money. So much stuff. It would honestly be hard to prioritize.

My first thing would probably be purchasing a nice house. I’m dying to own a home and I, unfortunately (for my wallet),  live in San Diego which is EXPENSIVE. So a cool million would almost by me the perfect, modest house. (I’m not joking, zillow/redfin the real estate around here if you think that I am.)

After the house, I’d start looking into other plans. I’m not sure if I’d want to purchase a barn myself or just move into one of the super nice barns that are around here. I’d definitely want to purchase a nice young horse and do tons of lessons on that new horse and Scarlet. I don’t want to live on property with a barn and stuff unless I find the perfect one, hire a barn manager and a bunch of people to do all the rest of the barn stuff for me. I’ve found that I really enjoy being able to leave on vacation without having to worry about who is feeding my horse. I’d also have to find the perfect trainer and convince them to move in and give me lessons all the time.

The next thing I’d probably do is buy a huge plot of land and build a senior animal rescue. I’ve always thought that this is what I’d do if I won the lottery. I adopted both my cats as younger animals but it breaks my heart to look at shelter ads and see the senior animals that gave everything to their families and then were abandoned when they could no longer move as fast. I’d hire my MIL to run the cat side of things. She is the cat whisperer and takes in misfits to her house already. She is currently at 7 which isn’t the most she’s ever had. She’d love to be able to adopt all misfits. It would be a place where unwanted seniors would come and live out the last couple of years in luxury.

I’d also want to save a decent amount because man the upkeep on all this would be expensive! I’d have to make sure that whatever I invest/save is going to generate enough interest to pay for all these things before I did any of these. Except for the house. I would buy a house in half a heartbeat if I had the money to.