|Just some random between the ear pics|
After a good 20 minute warmup, which is how long it took before we could not practically bolt, I put her over a small fence. As we approached it, she took off, lept over it and bolted. Mother F'er, absolutely not! She got spanked several times and we then cantered until she remembered to listen. When she half halted via my seat, a small success, we tried again and went to a jump. With the same spectacular result. Okay mare, you want a war? I can do this, you see, I have had years of training via App with this particular tactic of yours.
App was horrible when we first started to jump, he, too, would bolt to the jump and/or bolt after the jump. He would jump anything, from any distance, but the approach always, always, always required going from a nice 5mph to about 30mph in the span of about 3 strides. We worked with a few different trainers before it was suggested that I simply stop him after every fence for a while. So we started doing that. And then upped the game so that it was a fairly severe stop immediately after the fence, ideally within 4 strides. No sense to rush a fence App, you know we are going to stop! This technique worked and after 6 months, he then waited, stopped (mostly) rushing and stopped his bolting. Fixed him for the majority of jumping for the rest of his riding career.
|Ready to jump school!|
With the basics now taken care of, I turned to height. Apparently the winter had made me weak and the 2'6" solid wall suddenly looked big. WHAT?!? I can't think 2'6" is big if I want to go Novice this year. I put my big girl panties on and went over it. And it was fine. Mia cleared it well and without a second thought. If you don't consider the speed issue, she was SO good for this ride. She went over everything without looking at it and cleared everything easily. Eventually, we went over the 2'9" jump (easily) and so I bumped another jump up to 3'. It was part of a 3 stride combo and Mia couldn't have cared less. We jumped it by itself, at an angle and as a combo. We had on again/off again speed issues through the ride, and got to practice the stopping exercise, however we ended with a beautiful round that was balanced and speed appropriate. The only thing we didn't jump is the thing she REALLY wanted to jump, a 3'3" lattice coop out of the arena (you can see it in the first pic). I didn't know if I needed permission to go over xc jumps so we didn't go over it, but she locked onto it about a dozen times. She REALLY wanted to jump it lol.
|We have had lots of these kinds of rides here in PA. Monday was|
not one of them!
Tuesday wasn't as good but we have finally gotten the Michigan Mia back, this is how I left her last year. She had a couple of disagreements, and is having problems keeping her lead in the hind, but overall we had a good ride. We rode all 3 dressage tests (BN A, BN B, N A) and aside from the canter issues, she rode well enough we could have done a show. Woohoo! Progress indeed.
|After every single ride. Every. Single. Ride.|