Sunday, September 14, 2014
Well, Ms. Mare is making positive progress, as is the Muffin Man w/ his kidlet! They made their first Recog. T debut this weekend, and finished a strong 6th place :) Dressage score was a 32.5, then they had 3 rails in stadium. I know from experience that if you're a little nervous, sometimes he hangs a leg and catches a rail, whether it's 3'3 or 2'. Probably some nerves there, since she had not ONE rail in their T CT they did a few weeks ago. Clear with a few seconds of time on XC. Poplar Place has some scary looking T XC jumps, so to jump around clean is amazing! That means Tiki man in ALL his Recog outings has only had ONE XC jump penalty, and that was at his very first one for both of us, and I can tell you for a fact that HUGE nerves were in play that day. So proud!
As for Jade, rode her last Sat, and it was quite literally the very first time I ever approached every jump with a LOOSE rein. Normally, I'm trying hard not to pull on her as we head into the jumps, but I definitely always have contact. Last week, it was hands forward and kick. So proud of her, that was a huge step in the right direction. Jumped everything w/ a little bit of height, and she didn't care at all. The one jump she actually gave a little bit of attention to was the little red box she's hopped over a few times. I let her first steep crossrail oxer, and she didn't even LOOK at that one, lol. I was expecting her to make a fuss at that one, but nope!
During her flatwork, I purposely came across a diagonal and asked for a change; a little late right to left, but PERFECT left to right; opposite of Tiki man! I did just the one change each direction, then didn't ask for any more. Lots of pats and praise. Didn't get to ride at all Wed due to having to help my son get his school life organized, but I'm hoping this week is finally back to normal. Excited to be making forward, positive progress w/ the mare :)