|Oxer Farm, Dec of 2010!|
Excited to have another lesson coming up. This one is with a local trainer Paul MacRae. He used to be the pro rider/assistant trainer for GP rider David Raposa, so excited to hear what he has to say. After this lesson on Friday, I want to take Tiki out to Southern Comfort (where the Simon Eades clinic was) to take a lesson every other month or so from the owner there, Carolyn Wright. My dressage trainer likes her. I have easy access to Susan (just across the street!) but not to a jump trainer. I fully plan to do May Daze again at the KHP this year, but other than that, nothing planned except for LR's beginner novice. Yes! She's going to do her FIRST HT on the Muffin Man. Super excited, I will play groom and nervous pony mom, but I will WATCH my horse rock it out around all 3 phases. Most likely doing a Feb HT at a venue I've been DYING to ride at, but for now will just have to live vicariously ... Poplar Place. Of course there will be a full report complete with course walk and lots of pics of the muffin in action, can't wait!
Last week I rode very minimally; did a jump school on Monday where I set up 3 bounces on one long side using the cavalettis, an end vertical set at 2'3, and an outside combination of vertical with a barrel under it, pole, low wide oxer. Now, the low wide oxer should theoretically not look very intimidating, but put that sucker at 2' and make it 3'7 wide with a pole placed diagonally over it ... it looks BIG!! Lol. All oxers look big to me;) I need to set up a triple bar, haven't done one of those in a while. I kept him up in front of me and moving forward off my leg. Did the "Jimmy Woffard" warm up where I did 2 laps of trot each way, 2 laps of canter each way, jump!
Began by trotting the end vertical. He doesn't take me down to trot jumps at home. I always feel like I have to nag him incessantly, but I worked on staying in the rhythm, not getting ahead of him, and keeping my leg on. It went well. I jumped it 3 times off the left lead and 3 times off the right, staying on a 20m circle. He actually landed at the trot a few times, but I didn't stress about it.
Let him look at the oxer from both directions. Came at it barrel side first, and it was of course NOT a good jump. He backed off the barrel coming in, struggled to get over the pole in the right striding, then stood way off from the oxer, ewww. I of course slipped my reins so I didn't catch him anywhere and came straight in again, and this time it was GOOD. The oxer felt easy as pie, no problem. The distance between the oxer and barrel was 18', with the pole set in the middle. Trotted into the bounces and tried NOT to "help" him with my hands. I went through the obstacles many times, including turning around the oxer/barrel. The first time coming in oxer first, I missed to the oxer and got super long (no surprise). Came again and it was good. I was conscious of the left drift and made sure he stayed straight, at the end of the school I was happy with him.
Did one last ride with honorary little sis Nicole, a dressage school. She's currently settling into her new apartment with her new husband in the Bronx, NY:( I will be keeping her ponies looking not too shabby, and hopping on once in awhile to keep them doing SOMETHING. I will miss that girl, she is a very good friend. She's the only one that I've even SEEN in the last ... 4+ months. Oh well, all things happen for a reason! The ride was very meh. I wasn't very focused, Muffin wasn't very focused, and he felt stiff as a board. Got the trot work flowing pretty ok, and then he felt like a freight train through the canter work. Oh well, doing something is better than nothing, right?
I will do a trace clip tomorrow, and ride Tues and Thurs before shipping out to MSF on Friday for the Paul clinic. Pics and a full report will of course follow!!:)