Baby steps

My blogs are getting boring these days but…

Another day, another lesson. I made it my goal in June to try and take a bunch of lessons and see what progress Nay Nay and I could make. We’re on the other side of our speedy-no-brake days (that lasted a grand total of 2 rides) and we’re on ride 2 of no lunging. Lazy-bones Nay Nay is back. Lol

I took a lesson on Friday and it was…OK. I felt a little defeated as while we had some great moments (he was a good boy overall), it also sort of sucked with the baby moments. We were walking over our small boxes and the jumped the first one a few times without issue before walking the second and crashed it (ie: took the jump down). Took the boxes down and confidence? Gone. Then the confidence was gone on the first fence (we over jumped it so much that I nearly came off) and we couldn’t get over it. We eventually removed a box, aimed towards the center of one box with the pole next to it, and walked over it. Repeat and were jumped the center of the box/pole several times to end on, but… I felt like I wasn’t good enough. Yeah.

Sunday I went to ride and Nay Nay was ouchy from his trim on Saturday so we did a touch of trotting before we just stood at the deck and socialized. He thought it was the best thing ever. So, while it wasn’t the ride I planned, going to the barn and socializing? Nay Nay thought that was AWESOME.

All this brings me to Tuesday and another lesson pre-trainer leaving for a horse show. It was hot as hell. I considered cancelling and Michele told me to ride.

I was late, got on, and hoped no one would die.

Nay Nay was dead at the trot. Add leg dead. Loose rein around the ring. Lol. At the canter? Pretty good thought we’ve been struggling with our left lead canter as he gets speedy right by the viewing deck and I need to figure out how to distract from the burst of speed without pulling. After a few circles there is no more burst/head toss, but it takes a while. When I stay close to the fence (vs deck), he’s definitely better, but I forget that. Our right lead right now is amazing… I don’t really get that as trotting to the right currently sucks. Haha!

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So hot and sweaty but such a good boy!

Instead of boxes, my trainer dismantled the jumps and set up a mini shoot with cross rails and the boxes around the jumps plus our little plank jump. We walked our cross rails and Nay Nay only hesitated briefly at the one where we crashed Friday. After that? We trotted and cantered and tried not to gallop those cross rails over and over. And did a mini-course with our plank jump as well.  We were coated with sweat in the end, but he was so happy and proud of himself!

Our homework? Set up the fences exactly like that and repeat every single ride until our next lesson in 2 weeks. He needs the repetition to just get confident. I do too.

This, we can do.

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