Sit Up and Ride

I went into my lesson tonight with all negative thoughts of the night before banished, and feeling pretty good about ourselves.  After a short, sweet jump lesson in which we jumped a full course of six jumps in a row for the first time ever, (pats self on back) I'm still feeling pretty good about ourselves.  He jumped a lot of weird looking stadium jumps in the field today, and I had two runouts that were both my fault.  I'm learning what it feels like to give him a "You're getting over this fence, dammit!" ride, vs. a "I hope we make it over this fence," ride.  That's going to make all the difference this weekend since there is no warming up over the course in eventing.

Team Cob Jockey: We don't just have screws loose, we are actually missing screws.  Thanks, Connor.

The biggest things for me to remember are to keep my shoulders up - what feels like leaning back - and to keep my abs turned on and my legs around him, so that I am fully prepared for him to go to the fences like a shopping cart with a broken wheel.  It's only ever like that the first time he takes a fence - every time after that he's brave as can be - but there are no do-overs this weekend!

If you are a crazy Internet stalker/devoted Team Cob Jockey fan (Hi, Mom and Lisa!) you can follow our scores at http://eventingscores.com/eventsr/dayton/ht0513/.  We're in Starter Rider, going Dressage at 3:15pm on Saturday, SJ at 5:02pm on Saturday, and XC at 3:32pm on Sunday.  Holy late ride times, Batman.  So excited!  Here we go!

14 comments:

  1. Here's your devoted Team Cob Jockey fan!!!! (and Lisa!) Do good this weekend and you two have FUN!!!! Can't wait to hear all the news!!!

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  2. Wow, we should be done with the Welsh show in time to keep track of your scores. We have an 8am show start time. Go Team Cob Jockey!!

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  3. I definitely get into the later of your riding statement to fences sometimes but then he reminds me that he is still green over fences. But if I ride it strong the first time he doesnt have an issue. You are not alone! Its nice to have ponies that will jump when ridden correctly though ;) good luck this weekend. Sending great jumping pony thoughts your way!

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  4. I love eventingscores! I will definitely be following along. Good luck and have fun!

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  5. Best of luck! So excited for you - you're going to have so much fun :)

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  6. Best of luck and have fun!

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  7. Good Luck and have FUN!!! Oh, wish I could be there to cheer you two on!

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  8. Best of luck! I'll be checking your scores :)

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  9. Good luck- We know you will do great!!!

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  10. I'm definitely stalking you on eventing scores. A 34 in dressage!? Congrats!!! Good luck with the jumpiing.

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