His royal cuteness, the drafty Floof, gave me another great lesson last week, and while we did almost melt, it was totally worth it.
We warmed up trotting into a vertical, and focused on really sitting quiet, pressing into the mane and letting the horses jump up (versus just shooting across the jump). Floof-pony caught on, and I was really excited to feel how much more educated he’s getting. He is starting to figure out how to use his body correctly.
We moved onto a small winding course, with lead changes, and a tight 3 stride line. Emphasis on half halts, balancing, and leg. Oh and these jumps were legit, like had fill and everything. I felt like a real rider again! (whoop whoop)
This horse has a giant stride, so I had to be sure to jump into the line, and really sit back to balance him. A few weeks ago a half halt to him was quite a lot of pressure and holding with your legs. This time, we hopped into the 3 stride, I sat back and half halted firmly….and the horse practically stalled mid-air. He’s got the half halt figured out.
And God love him, even after practically halting a stride in, I booted him forward and the dude just cantered up and popped over the 2nd jump anyway. He gives no rats.
Next time I came into the line, and got to just hold for just a second after the jump, and he cantered out in a lovely 3 strides. Such a good boy.
Since it was one degree from molten outside, we let him be done after another course or two. He’s become such a nice, light ride in the past few weeks. I can’t wait to see what he does in the jumper ring!