Warning: Lots of media in this blog post today!
A Little Help From My Friends
Not only did I get to ride but I got to JUMP! My last jump lesson with Sally was December 17th. That is a long time to go without jumping (due to weather and footing and other things we have not even trotted a cross rail in that long). We got in the arena before the rain but boy was it pouring when we left the arena. My back yard is a soup bowl about now. But I was so happy with the lesson, I almost don’t care it is still raining. But it was wet and I did get soaked loading Remus etc. UGH. And it was still pretty darn chilly out.
I had emailed Sally telling her I wanted a lesson but we would be rusty due to not jumping lately. So she put me with two greenies which was just fine!! They will be outjumping Remus very soon but for now they were trotting it all and I was the only one cantering the jumps, (That is a switch, right?)
And thanks to Hannah (who rode her lovely young chestnut OTTB with me) and her friend Kara (who not only videoed Hannah but videoed Remus while waiting for her own lesson) I have media!! I have finally figured out I am shameless asking for people to get media for me. Do Bloggers get shameless at times? Possibly. But seriously thanks for videoing, Kara! I so appreciate it!
Due to the greenies (who were both lovely young OTTB geldings) we started out low but I don’t care (See GIF above again, this may become my mantra!). The nice thing about Kealani is they really mix up their jumps. So there are some spooky fillers and they switch them around and it is always like a new jump course. Which we all need (especially Remus who almost nose dived the first jump looking down at the blocks. He went over it but it was hilarious how he peeked as he went over, too bad no video on that since Kara was still getting her horse ready then).
But Remus was UP. I think he got in that arena and saw all the jumps and went wheeeeee….
Like holy cow, can I stop him, up. Half halts were needed. I had left the loose ring snaffle on his bridle, may just need to remember to put the Baucher back on sometime. Just warming up I trotted for a bit and was like…hm do I dare canter. I felt like I had a powder keg under me and here I had spurs and a crop. But then I was like I need to canter since canter is our nemesis. And I just barely squeezed with my thighs and calves and he just slipped into the canter. WHO IS THIS horse and where did Remus go? Energy and cantering? My word!
Jump, Jive, & Wail
Remus was really really good considering we have not jumped much. I was shocked he was so good. But Sally really gave us no slack. She cracks me up. She didn’t let me do a straight line till the last few jumps. EVERYTHING WAS BENDING. SO MUCH BENDING AND TURNING. OMG. I kept giving her a face and she kept calling me on it. I felt very lost with a few of her directions and had to ask for clarification because A) I AM OLD and B) I AM BLONDE! Too much information can confuse me sometime (Go to the right and go between the wave and the flowers to the barrels etc. etc. huh?) Help me, I am lost!
But we figured it out and he was jumping better from having to bend and turn once I got my damn head on straight. I will say this again and I know I sound like a broken record but that saddle. Thank goodness for that Stubben saddle. I used to want to vomit and my stomach would be in knots jumping. I still am nervous but now I feel so secure in that saddle it blows my mind how great I feel going to the jumps. Like almost invincible (Not really, but a secure seat makes a HUGE difference).
Here are some videos from our lesson below, nothing earth shattering really. However, I suggest muting if the sound goes through since god knows what I said and I hope I don’t offend anyone, some things come out without me realizing it (for example I wanted to walk up to the barrels to let Remus take a look and completely forgot till jumping said barrels, oh well)! I didn’t listen to them all so there is your warning! HA we did laugh a lot!! So much fun! But so much learning too!
Poor Sally had to repeat the usual as elbows bent, hands up was said a few times again. And I had to start looking earlier for these turns and bends. Better jumps are just not going to happen unless I have a better line to the fence. I did feel very energized and excited after this lesson though because Remus was really really on fire (I know not really and then you look at vidoes and Remus looks in slow motion, oh well) and only got exhausted at the end. When he runs out of gas he runs out of gas, all at once. Poor buckskin. So hard a life. Not.
One thing I notice looking at these videos is his head was up a lot more in this lesson. He wasn’t as ploddy or lazy. Now if I can just bottle this and keep it around for when I need it. It was a fun day and I feel like everytime I go to a Sally lesson, I meet new friends. So much fun. So much work. I slept very well after that lesson I tell you (and am sure Remus did too)! This week he goes to Emily for boot camp (cue maniacal laughter, poor Remus)!