Monday, April 4, 2011

Cruising attitude

The weather has warmed up and I'm not around my computer as much to do frequent updates.

March was out like a lion! We accomplished as much as time would allow between the weather and everything else.

-Ride as much as the weather will allow
Check. Despite downpour, we even got to the outdoor.
-Prepare for Christoph's visit
Check, but I should have watched the tape a few more times.
-L program
Check. Session B down. Session C in the works. Sitting hours scheduled for May.
-Run through third
I did this with Christoph with mixed results. But hey, we ran through third!
-work on walk turn on the haunches
-Half pass and lateral work
Good, but, really need more respect for the inside leg.
-Purchase new dress boots
Unfortunately I ran into a bit of a bind on this. I have my eye on a pair. 

Ever since March, we've been running non-stop from point a to point b. Finally, Christoph came into town and while I didn't think we weren't prepared enough we did find out a lot about ourselves during so.

We were in good company for this clinic- everything from a green broke just turned three year old all the way up to an High Performance pair of geldings. It was a huge population of 12 rides. Sinari was the only pony, and only Welsh.

Friday we went over to school, and ran into old friends and made new ones.  I spent the afternoon schooling around the arena working on minor things, and making sure we have the right stuff in the right place.

The first day I put her in the double and it didn't go as well, I'm not coordinated enough for the reins and Christoph was constantly asking me to get off the curb. She was behind my leg, and worked on creating a cruising altitude for trot and canter which seems twice as quick in the tempo from what we normally go through. It felt like we were on the verge of out of control, but at the same time it was like driving a sports car. We also worked on a ton of lateral work. She excels at the lateral work, especially half pass.

Second day, we slapped the snaffle back on and while my hands looked out of control it went better. We ran through 3-1 at the end of the day, despite not knowing the test and testing out a new saddle we muddled through alright. I was happy with her changes, and the improvement on the second day was easily marked to where Christoph cracked his infamous smile and nearly pulled me out of the saddle when he shook my hand.

But now comes the hard part.

April starts the marathon part of my season. We are temporarily staying with friends down the road to be in training with a rider and to figure out a few things for the upcoming future.

April Goals:
-Gain more elasticity in the trot
-Ride anything over 15 hands.
-Make the most of the next six weeks
-Finalize saddle
-L Program
-Just ride damnit.

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