Posted: 9 Mar 2015 - Comments (0)
Posy was first up and still keeping things quite light. Worked a little to warm up at moving her off my right leg into the left hand as currently she has a tendency to sit on the right hand. This is something that will take time. Jumped a small course with her and she made it feel very easy, she is straightforward, athletic and jumps from any stride.
So onto Bobby, we carried on working on the quality of the canter and getting him to sit on his hocks and therefore jump better. He is continuing to improve at a rate of knots and he jumped really well.
Posted: 7 Mar 2015 - Comments (0)
She was great, walked her round in hand and let her settle before warming up and then doing the test indoors. Although the test itself showed we have some getting to know each other to do she was well behaved. Just struggling at the moment with a bit of an uneven contact, she has an old crack in her mouth and I don’t think this is helping much. Means she is not as straight as I would like but this just needs a bit of time.
So here's the test which I was delighted with for a first attempt.
Posted: 4 Mar 2015 - Comments (0)
At the moment she tires quite quickly so we had a short session doing some basic work such as leg yielding out off a circle, some basic serpentines and just sharpening up her canter transitions. At the moment she is a little one sided and leans on the right rein but this has already improved.
Robert loved her which was very encouraging. A video of some of the work we did today.
Posted: 3 Mar 2015 - Comments (0)
Following a successful trip jumping on Sunday we looked to consolidate today in a bigger arena and outdoors at Bicton. They had an eventers Sjing with similar heights to BE. We had hoped when we originally planned to come we could do some XC training too but sadly it was too wet. The show jumping however was great and he jumped his best rounds to date. The 85cm suddenly felt small and certainly in this size arena it will be the last time we jump a class this small. He jumped a good clear leaving him in 4th
The 95cm was an even better round although we made one mistake for 4 faults.
Suddenly making big strides forward with him and can’t wait for the eventing and outdoor season generally to start. Disappointingly our first hunter trial at Pontispool next weekend has already fallen victim to the weather.
Posted: 1 Mar 2015 - Comments (0)
The first class was an 85cm accumulator. He jumped a clear round still green in places but improving all the time. We certainly were not up to jumping the joker but the clear round left us in 5th place.
Posted: 28 Feb 2015 - Comments (0)
Once home she seemed to appreciate the deep shavings bed which resulted in much rolling followed by admiration of the beautiful grey face! However by today she had fallen out with the grey face and was positive it was out to get her. There was much swearing and bearing of teeth resulting in poor Bobby being ousted from his stable so they could do a swap as the mirror was clearly upsetting her. Bobby anyway appreciated the big shavings bed and didn’t care as long as the food followed him. She seems a real people person loving some affection.
She wasn’t totally convinced about being turned out and spent most of the time by the gate asking to come in again. Very ungrateful when that field and a meagre ration of grass has been saved for her!
I have had two shortish rides and both times she was great. A short session in the school (see video) and a hack. In the school she was fab very balanced for her age and looked and felt great. Hacking she is still v green and coming from a very quiet part of Ireland there was quite a few new sights and sounds to get used to. We went through the village and eyes were out on stalks particularly at all the gardens (If you have been to Ireland you may notice they don’t generally go in for gardens!).