I had a work thing last week. I’m sorry! It involved three 12 hour days, but the good thing about that was, I only worked three and a half days. Then I went up to Ohio for a wedding.
But now that I’m back, there are things that need discussing. Before the terrible rain last week that washed out part of my arena, I was having a grand time riding Berry. I’ve even been taking lessons, although you wouldn’t know it from the following photos. I lean forward way too much, and when I watched the video, I was trying to figure out why I seem to use my arms to post. Not sure what’s going on there. Clearly I will always need more lessons.
My instructor says I can take Berry to some schooling shows this winter, so she must feel like she will be able to fix the hot mess of me and my horse. To her credit, she doesn’t cringe as I pull up her driveway, my truck’s breaks/springs/mechanical ghost squealing extremely loudly to announce my arrival (loud enough to spook some ponies that were minding their own business prior to my arrival). She seems genuinely pleased to see me, so I guess I have that going for me!
When I was going through the photos riding at home, I noticed some things about Berry. The more amusing of the two, is that she seems to stretch out long and flat as she approaches jumps, keeping her speed the same.
I don’t know enough about jumping to know if this is normal or expected. But it’s very noticeable in the video and it makes me laugh.
Two, is this weirdo jump, which I’m supposing is her just cantering over the jump.
I am pleased she’s not just crashing through the jumps anymore, she is putting in a small effort. Hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things… you know, after like two more years of lessons.
Now I need to fix the dang arena before I can ride at home anymore. The drain clogged and the rain washed out a bunch of foot right in the center. Sigh.