Thursday, November 27, 2014

Diagonals & Rollbacks

This is from last week, where we were practicing jumping angles and rollbacks (as you can see from the title) and Wolfgang did very well! We were in a jumping clinic with Canadian eventer Jane Stone, and we practiced angles so Wolf and I are pretty good at them because we...or at least I learned loads! Between each jump was two strides, then a roll back to jumps 4/5. We could decide how narrow or wide to make the turn, the wider it is, the steeper the angle. Listening to what K was telling some of the other riders in the lesson is that you want to look to the far side of the jump (aiming for the middle), because the riders instinctively want to look at the closest side while the horse is looking at the far side, this way you both look at the same thing and you do not jump ahead of their motion thinking they are taking off when there is still a stride left!
We also went once through the line with our eyes closed, which was a bit scary but not as bad as I was anticipating. I'm not sure why I thought it would be so bad, we have already jumped without stirrups and without reins! long as she doesn't try putting all three of those things together...

For our warm up portion we practiced lots of lateral work, which Wolfie did very well at both the trot and the canter! For being an old grandpa horse, he can be pretty agile.

No lesson this week, the roads are too bad tonight to go out, but hopefully they will be better by Saturday for a lease ride. I'm hoping to do a little bit of no stirrup work!

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