Saturday was an amazing day for two reasons, but this post is about the first. The second will come later. Yup, vague posting at its finest folks.
I have so much stinking media from this lesson it makes my heart happy. Not only did I finally manage to not screw up my Cambox and figure out how to edit the 15 minute videos into smaller chunks, but the hubby was also present and got video from his perspective, so now I have video proof both ways! Since I normally have no media, this overload is amazing and unlikely to happy again any time soon, so I’m going to let the media do the talking for me today.
After the flat work part where we worked on the 20 m circle forever trying to achieve bend, roundness and geometry, we started over a simple cross rail, 5 strides to a vertical exercise off a left hand bend.
The first time didn’t go so well.
And from another perspective….
But we rallied and made the 5….
We did this exercise several times to perfect the feeling of moving him up or holding him back while counting the strides to make it happen. Then we moved to an exercise off a right hand bend: a cross rail, 3 strides to a vertical. Of note I left this out of the video because I don’t like putting other people not he internet but when Trainer AB gave us this exercise and pointed out the vertical I said “after you lower it a peg” to which she reasoned with a quiet “no, I like it like this”. Ugh.
But it was no big deal and we made the 3 strides the first time.
From the ground view…
We still did it a few times to get a good feel, but then it was on to our Grand Prix course of four jumps: a skinny gate, a vertical over a black pipe, a “giant” brush box between two ramps, and then a low but very wide over. In her telling of the course she called it a “giant brush box” and I told her that language like that isn’t tolerated. HA!
I was made to do just the brush box twice more because a) my line to it was screwy and b) she really wanted me to get used ton being bold over fences even when they scare me.
Eeyore was mostly a good boy. He has gotten over his early ride temper tantrums, finally learning that it doesn’t get him out of work and instead results in more work. However, he is now trying to play exhaustion which I find more annoying and harder to deal with. He was a spicy devil at home tacking up before loading and continued to be a bit of a handful for the warm up. Then when I put him on the 20 m circle, he gave up on life and acted like he couldn’t take another step ever again.
While it is a new frustrating habit, at least it shows that he is growing and trying new things. Someday he just may learn to go with the flow. Maybe. When he is retired.