Up and Forward

Not that this is a new concept to the equestrian world, but keeping your horse moving forwards and going uphill is hard.  O is naturally built a bit downhill, so we often struggle on this idea.  First we got the forward, now we are trying for the lift in the front.  It is completely necessary for jumping correctly and safely.

My lesson this week focused hard on getting her to lift her shoulders, and be forward without running.  At one point my trainer even got on to show me where I’m dropping the ball.  It was great to see O learning, and my trainer made her look so fancy!   I hopped on again and generally felt a better connection, but dang–we’ve got a-ways to go at the canter before it gets easier.

My amazing BFF was there last lesson and took a few clips via iPhone.  Sorry you may have to go full screen to see!  

We were working over larger x’s, focusing on the correct canter.  I jump up her neck hardcore like a few times, trot jumps are not my happy place.  We struggled a lot with the x directly in front of the camera.  Long approach =lots of time to think and then rethink the distance.  In a bad way.  Overall she was a really good girl though, and I’m excited for the show Sunday.

Enjoy some stills from the lesson footage below!

diagonal jump2

Making very little effort here.
Making very little effort here.
Love this one
Love this one

big jump

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