Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Fabulous Friday jump school
Friday became a bit of an impromptu jump school. I had my 2'6 inside verticals set at 2'6, and the cavaletti had been moved from in between the one stride, so I now had a crossrail to a 3' vertical, 18' between the 2.
I'm letting someone borrow Tiki's stadium wonder bit, so I had to ride him in the regular cavesson bridle with the Myler D-ring. Usually, he is very heavy and hard to rate in that set-up, so I wasn't super excited to be without my little wonder bit. I again worked on the "leg into resistance" method of getting him on the bit and he was definitely better than in the pasture, but I'm not sure that's a good technique for getting him to soften and come onto the contact. I had warmed him up on the buckle w/t/c both ways; it is so awesome that I can get him to come down to a HALT from the canter with the reins on the buckle. I literally didn't TOUCH them:)
The canter felt really nice. I sat lightly in the saddle and did a couple of circles. Came across a diagonal with a pretty soft halt and switch to the right lead, then cantered into the cavalettis on the ends of the ring. He had the nicest, slow rhythm. I threw in some circles, a few simple changes, and then kept on going over the course. Even through the one stride with the 3' vertical, he was slow and fabulous. He didn't touch a rail, didn't change his rhythm, and stayed pretty much on the bit the entire time, woo hoo! I even came into the one stride vertical first, and with the exception of one colossal missed distance (he went when I asked for a WAIT), all was pretty much perfect:) I kept him soft in my hands and asked for a slight over bend in each direction just to keep his neck from locking up, and it was literally the softest, nicest jump school I've had in a snaffle and a normal noseband. Go Muffin!!
Riding tomorrow and Thursday. NO idea what we will do! Volunteering for the AEC's on Friday, can't wait! Going to meet (hopefully) 2 fellow bloggers for the first time. Friday is all the big xc stuff, which is super fun for me to watch. Looking forward to it!