I had sent in my registration for schooling a little late but was surprised when I hadn't heard from the manager by Friday to schedule my ride time so I gave her a call. After a call back it appears as though she hadn't gotten my registration until that day and all time slots had filled up. She had 65 people scheduled to school but if I wanted to come early she could squeeze me in on Sat at 8 or 9a. After some quick phone calls I confirmed we could do Sat morning which resulted in some scrambling Friday night.
Got off to a good start on Saturday even though it was raining. It wasn't raining too hard and the ground wasn't that soft so I put my rain suit on and off we went. If you recall from my last post, my App normally requires a lot of effort to be usable. I had tried my copper mouth full cheek last time per my instructors request with very tired, sore shoulders to show for the efforts. My instructor suggested I try a waterford bit this time as it works well for horses that pull. Unfortunately the waterford bit I had ordered last weekend didn't come like I had hoped so I rode in my normal cross country bit, a slow twist snaffle. For whatever reason, my App was amazing. Gone was the pogo stick, fast, forward, pulling horse and I had a nice relaxed horse. YAY!!!
|Who me? I'm a good horse even in rain|
We quickly moved over to real xc jumps and we soared. The only problem with the App and jumping is he doesn't tuck his front legs very well. He almost always "hangs" his knees which can be dangerous over solid fences. He is much better over big jumps, though since his fracture 09 I don't want to jump him higher than 2'9" so the hanging issues sticks around.