I signed up for a lesson from an instructor that was dropping by last weekend for jump lessons and overall it went well enough. Mia was an absolute twit to warm up, she was very forward and even the barn manager made the comment "She looks REALLY excited to be jumping today..." Yeah...thanks. I tried giving her a small hand gallop but that didn't help so lots of transitions were put into play. After about 10 mins I gave up and the instructor had me go ahead and jump. Our two weakness showed up right away, Mia's inability to go straight and her desire to gallop after fences. After about a dozen jumps, she really settled down and we got to work.
|Media for the sake of media. And yes, I tied her tail in a knot.|
He said I needed to package her even more in front of the jumps than I already do, to try to get her to not jump so forward and that is acceptable that I have to give her a pretty sharp correction (solid yank or two) after a fence to get her to come back to me. It is okay because immediately after she comes back and softens, I also soften. He said she was very tidy over the fences, even when we met the distance wrong and she jumped under herself. She was super honest and very willing which was nice. We did a full course full of rollbacks and bending lines, including a very long 2 stride which really helped Mia's not galloping after fences (sarcasm).
|I can't get over how much her color is changing, she is so much|
more roan than when I got her!
Monday was a totally uneventful trail ride. Tuesday was some free lunging bc I spent too much time chatting with people (People! At the barn!! Still so rare!).
|Old man pics, because old man is old|
Then we went to the right and she just could not. Lots of tranter. Or trying to canter in place. Or bolting. Or thinking of rearing. And lots of keeping her head in my damn lap. Oh great, this issue again. After much, much argument, I just spanked her until she went FORWARD and then kept asking to put her head down. Finally, she agreed she could canter at a normal speed with her head in a normal height and we called it a night. Very frustrating, apparently I have a lot more to work on. I am thinking of lunging with side reins and/or chambon to get her to relax down in the canter.
|He may be gimpy, but I think he looks great for 23!|