Sorry I’m so behind!! I was waiting to see if my friend would upload the pictures and video she took of my lesson, but shes been having computer troubles, so I just got some of them.
Friday I had a lesson, and was pretty excited for it, since I’ve only had one before with her. Well Libby was not having it. Granted this was the first real jumping lesson I’ve had on the princess in oh say about 2 months, so things got kind of hairy. She started of incredibly lazy, and I even had to get my spurs, which I haven’t used with her in a while.
Note to self: in a first jumping lesson on your horse, a baby horse that hasn’t really been jumped in a while, use a bit you know she respects, like the pelham.
Basically the whole lesson was a tug of war match, of which she would win every time. I was instructed to use the one reined stop once or twice, and I did them, but I really don’t think they help at all. Eventually we just ended on a better note and called it a day, but I was still happy with her and my lesson despite how horrid she was. Had a long talk with the trainer afterwards, to which we discussed the plan with her and bitting, and she expressed that she feels the only way Lib will respect the bit is to one rein stop her any time she lugs on me. I immediately said no to that, in the nicest possible way though. I really don’t believe in them AT ALL, and I have never met a trainer that uses them so much in her training. So that we’ll have to find a different plan for, but she did express that we need to do a lot of work on getting Libby to use her hind end correctly, which I understand. I think that is really the root of her issues, because her hind end will trail out behind her, and she’ll just drop on the forehand, making any sort of adjustments super difficult for me. All in good time though.
|I thought my old habit of holding in the air was done, ughhh|
Saturday, got to the barn in the hopes I could squeeze in a quick ride before the rains that we are supposed to be having. Got her tacked up quickly, and got on. She felt great today, rode with my pelham, and so I decided to do a little over fences work, just to see if she’d do the same bulging forehand stuff that she tried yesterday. Of course, she was so much better today, be it because of the bit change, or because she’d gotten out her willys the day before, but I was so proud of her. I was a bit worried though, because she was very late in leaving the ground and taking off over the jumps. I think I spoke about this earlier when my trainer was riding her before the show, but she’ll fit in like a tiny stride before the jump, even with a perfectly good distance. Its almost like she doesn’t want to leave the ground yet, so she’ll fit one in. She got a lot better as the ride went on, but I think this has to do with her hock issue that we are trying to sort out now. I think I should get her hind shoes removed, and see if that makes any difference…
And more pics:
|Booty shot of the Libster|
|She looks huge!|