|Heading to our first jump: Intro coop.|
- Intro (not a recognized level by USEA)
- Beginner Novice
|Jump levels from Left to Right:
Training, Beginner Novice, Intro, Novice, Prelim.
|Now the BN|
We corrected it immediately, but it was a wake up call that I needed to:
- Be more present
- Give a more positive ride by channeling “we are doing this!” vibes
- Have a stronger, more forward canter
- Add leg when I feel him back off
I’m proud to report that I worked on all those things throughout the schooling, and overall feel good about my riding. We had a few hiccups, but I was able to identify the issue and correct them right away. I’m very proud of Hemie – he was completely game and a good boy. He really, really, really enjoys XC. And riding a horse doing the thing that he really loves is a wonderful feeling.
We also did the green N house in the background.
We stuck together as a group for the first few sets of jumps, but then Hemie and I struck out on our own while Laurie and Deb stayed with TK (who is moving up to Prelim at the show), though we generally stayed within visual contact.
|Leg is ON, good placement.|
|Uh…leg? Why did you go back there?|
|Leg okay now.|
I really need to keep working on that! Helpful to see that the issue really is over the jumps, not so much before or after.
|I’m going over Novice house, with TK and George looking on.|
We started off doing mostly Intro and BN height jumps, but then graduated to larger stuff too. At the end of the day we did all of the BN and Novice jumps, with a handful of the Intro, and a handful of Training jumps too!
It’s important to note that the Training jumps I did were very approachable jumps on flat terrain where the only challenge was the increased height.