Dressage show recaps still coming, but OMG you guys - we jumped last night and it was awesome!
I hadn't been able to ride since the show thanks to work, and it was my last ride for 8 days also thanks to work. I thought, I don't feel like a fussy Dressage ride that I'll forget by the next time I ride anyway, let's jump! Also, sometimes my butt misses my CWD and I just need a moment with it, y'know?
Then I looked out at the grassy field and saw this:
|Why yes, that is a full size Dressage court at my eventing barn. One girl going 1* and a couple of Dressage nuts and voila! The extra pieces get pulled out of storage.|
and I felt a little guilty for not drilling the Dressagey things we so need to work on now that the BO was nice enough to extend the Dressage ring to full size. So I sent this text to my trainer and got this response:
|OF COURSE she wants me to jump.|
But guys! It was the first time we had jumped in months, and it was awesome. We spent the whole lesson doing singles, starting with a walk pirouette to canter transition in order to get him balanced before we started. Crossrails, verticals and oxers, up to 2' ish.
|I did have to clean my fuzzy jump tack. This is TWO WEEKS growth after I last cleaned it. It's not just my tack, everyone's looks like this right now. I think my ammonia solution lost its effectiveness over the winter, time to make a new batch,|
I had enough impulsion to half halt him before the fence. I had adjustability. We were seeing distances together. I was landing with my lower leg and feet underneath me! He jumped every single jump like a normal horse. He landed on his leads almost the entire time.
"And it's kind of a good test for your Dressage, because all of the times he's landed on the wrong lead, he's not really been balanced or straight."
|Also, story for another day, but I rode him in a running martingale for the first time yesterday - per Denny Emerson, to help more with his hindquarters than his head - and I really liked it.|
I had a lot of fun, I hope he had fun. He definitely attacked it more from his levelheaded analytical Dressage mindset than the old scrambly brain-can't-work-fast-enough jumping mindset he used to have. I harbor no illusions that he'll suddenly love jumping as much as he loves Dressage, but he has certainly grown more competent at it as he's gotten more aware of his own body, and stronger, through our Dressage training. It's nice to know we can pull it out every so often for a change of pace.