Paraphrasing here: "It's not even like I have boots that fit me, and I would hate to subject innocent bystanders to me in breeches. This horse is just for fun, I do NOT like to compete".
Well, that was BEFORE I had a horse worthy of competing!;) AND before I discovered the world of eventing. But whatever, it will happen when it happens, and in the mean time I will be content to take the Muffin to IEA shows and warm him up personally, which is practically as good as actually competing, right??
MORE trot, MORE leg, MORE trot. I kicked until I felt like we were trucking around at Mach 10, and finally the boss was happy:) She was patting herself on the back for taking a "chintzy" and not so great mover and turning him into one that's not half bad! I give her ALL the credit:) It was rather exhausting, but hopefully I got some muscle memory so that when I ride on Monday, I can recreate the feeling. The theme of the day was to increase his range of motion, which unlocks his back and makes him softer and more relaxed. I guess I just need to make sure I keep him forward and in front of my leg at all times, but not fall back into that habit of chasing him. It's certainly a fine line, but one I can
Worked on getting the canter bigger in the front end, and covering more ground while staying slow. Good with that. Worked on the clean transitions; those have been cleaner at home, but we got a few good ones. Perfect turn on the forehand; improved on the turn on the haunches. He wasn't a goober about leads at all; good there. Jumping wise, Janet put a few of them up around the 3' mark. Our jumping was the best it had ever been in a lesson. Did a good jumper course and I dropped him at the deep spots a few times. Did some nice "jump and spin" turns; just need to keep my body back a little more effectively through those. Other than that though, we were in general much improved. I was very happy and pleased.
Tiki had about a 2 hour break, and then he had to fill in for one of my lessons. He wasn't too bad, but he was a little quick ... and chintzy. Oh well. I know my horse like the back of my hand; it will take time for the kids to get him going as well as I do. I just chalk it up to more experience.
Friday I longed him in the pasture in his halter just to stretch him out and check his comfort level. Wed was more work than he'd done in quite a while. All looked 100%, so I was happy. Monday will probably involve the dressage saddle. Joyce drug the ring, so all the jumps are piled in the center right now. If I want to jump, I will have to take the time to set something up.