|First solo trail ride.|
Trumping Hemie’s normal level of dirtiness, I was greeted by this:
|Just when you think he can’t possibly get any dirtier…a bird shows that actually, yes, he can.|
Yep, bird doodoo.
Anyway, this morning I had a fabulous lesson. I had two light bulb moments: one in the jumping, one in the flatwork. On the flat, getting him to connect to the left rein has been a challenge, but we are now introducing shoulder-in and that is definately helping a lot. I’m getting the hang of it, but I’ll need to continue so that Hemie can get it too.
As to jumping, we had some “slip-n-slide” bulging out to the right, both before and after the jumps. But it turns out that the magical remedy is to keep him completely straight before the jump and not let his hips swing out. It worked like a charm, and I look forward to practicing it more. We also did a pretty good course of about 4 jumps. Thanks to J.D. for the video and pics: