Okay the final post from the shenanigans from last weekend. My trainer is amazing and managed to convince the judge from saturday to stay an extra day and clinic those who showed the day before and a few who jumped in that day.
It was awesome. Not really shocked seeing as the judge/clinician was the same guy from last November’s clinic, but I’m always eager for outside views of my horse. Also, we had done a lot over the winter. And then crashed and burned at the show, so I wanted all the help I could get.We warmed up on our own while he got the run-down of who was who. He looked at me when I walked by and said “ohhhhh yes.” At least we made an impression yesterday.
O was quiet and focused on all the new stuff in the ring, as the jumps were leftover from the jumper rounds yesterday. Since during the show her mind had been blown by the white boxes I made her stop and sniff all of them.Today she didn’t give a damn about white boxes. Oh lordy horse.
Anyway, we trotted to the first exercise. A pole, followed by a crossrail, followed by another pole. She stopped hard, and he immediately told me to grab my left rein (outside) and just hold it, not giving an inch. I bumped her closer and closer to the jump and she finally just hopped over the jump from a standstill and trotted away with her ears pricked. THAT was the reaction I should’ve had to her being bad in schooling. The next time around she stopped but with my shorter reins and grip on her left side, I was able to move her right over the jump again. Third time she didn’t even both looking at it but calmly popped through it. Pats and we waited while he set up a 2nd half to the line.
First time down the 2nd jump O stopped hard and almost took the poor clinician out. He actually said, “Wow, she’s fast.” to me. Story of my life right now. He also told me I’m giving her too much credit and allowing her to look for spaces to be naughty. I need to be occupying her brain the entire ride.
Even more outside rein next time, I kissed at her a stride out, and she popped right over the jump. That was the last of our problems. The rest of the lesson, including two broken lines and a bending two stride (which she hadn’t just before), was too easy. She floated around as if she didn’t have a care in the world, jumped around, and NEVER looked at anything.
So feedback from clinician:
She is opinionated and strong on course. She wants to do things her way. BUT she doesn’t want to fight. It’s now my job to make the correct job the easiest option out there. And choosing to be naughty should be way more work. He said that she’s looking for my buttons to push, and see what she can get away with. Once we deal with my riding, she will follow suit. Case in point, as long as I kept by body straight and strong, my hands quiet (no up/down/wobbly), and my outside rein firm, she didn’t bother trying to stop.
He also told me that he likes her, that she’s really cute.
The problem lies with me….and the fact I own something with some attitude. Both of these are manageable, and in my case, fixable!**Don’t forget about O’s birthday giveaway!! Make sure to enter by March 20th!