|Love it when a clinician takes time to pet your pony. Also, ahem... forgot to put on my halfchaps in the loose horse kerfuffle. Just look away.|
|Helping Shiraz through the scary ditch because OMG the GROUND IS NOT FLAT. ugh.|
Connected next to the outdoor sand arena was a second grass arena with cross-country style elements such as a large ditch, bank and small rectangle ditch and that is where the clinician was waiting for us. We started with an exercise in transitions. On day one he had us using our legs in a squeeze, imagining we were lifting our horse up off the ground and minimal hands to come to a stop from a walk, or transition down from a trot to a walk. Today we worked more on this as we finished warming up. I got called out for bending at the wrist over and over which has been a life-long problem I cannot seem to rid myself of. I swear I might duct tape my wrists and be done with it.
|Canter-stepping over cross rails for life.|
|Ya, I have watched too many videos of horses leaping over little ditches to ride this particular introduction.|
|Not gonna lie, I could have done up-banks all day :)|
|You're welcome. No shame.|
So our first derby is May 5th and 6th. Do I feel ready? Not really but you all know that's just not my style. :)