|Show Buddy had a lesson right after me, so I made her|
stop and pose for a picture. Her mare, Tally (long-time readers will
remember I leased her years ago!) was not a fan of Annie, hahaha.
It didn't stop me though - I was going to ride my horse come hell or high water. And ride I did.
When I hopped on to warm up in the grassy opening, Annie was tight. Tight and resistant. I don't know if it was body soreness from the day before, or if she just felt like being a spicy bean, but she was not having any of it. I tried to focus on lengthening and lowering her - asking her to relax into the contact and move rhythmically. She did, for the most part, but as soon as we addressed the canter, the wheels fell off.
I had a tail-cracking, cross-firing, tense mess under my seat. And boy, oh boy, riding it out was not fun. Had I not been injured, I'm sure I could have been more effective, but I mostly just did what I could and kept asking her to still do the things while she was having her tizzy. Unfortunately, Annie just wasn't really working with me, so we duked it out for a lot longer than I would have liked for a warm-up.
|Not unhappy in here!|
In no time at all, we were wandering into the ring and our lesson was underway. Anthony said he had looked over at our warm up at one point and said, "Looked like a bit of a excitement over there, what's going on?" I explained the cross-firing and lead changes, as well as what I as doing to attempt to rectify the issue.
We focused primarily on the items we addressed in Anthony's ride, and how some of my bad habits intensify the negative aspects. We worked a lot on the flat, keeping her haunches straight and encouraging her to both lift and lower her frame. In no time at all, we moved onto the jumping and I was eager to pop over some "bigger" (to us) fences. Interesting to note, Annie offered exactly zero hijinks at the canter, and aside from one wrong lead, was quite amicable to maneuver and play around with. Which, kinda got the brain churning a bit.
|The cutest little bean <3|
Why is it that we have cross-firing and canter issues in the open grass field and the Dressage arena, but never any real issues in the jump ring or indoor? I did note that our schooling ring at home has been a battle-ground a time or two for her misbehavior, but there is a lot of consistency in the issues we have in those two particular spaces. Hmmm... something to think on.
Despite this, Annie felt quite behind the leg and lagging... but I think it had a lot to do with the fact Anthony had rode her quite correctly the day prior. Perhaps sore muscles or just overall body tiredness? Whatever the case, she was certainly tired, but made no excuses and showed up to do the thing and she did it well. We had a fun little three jump course which I repeated a second time, as I felt the initial round was not as polished as it could have been.
It was a bit funny, because I celebrated after the little course, stating that that was our first time jumping fill. Anthony kind of looked at me and I gave an exasperated sigh, throwing my hands up in the air and stated, "I know, I know. A jump is a jump is a jump."
He smiled a bit, and remarked, "A ground pole can be your liverpool. Practice it like that."
I nodded, but retorted with, "I know, but we totally jumped the fill though."