After warming up over a small vertical and jumping through a grid a few times, I coerced Brook to put the grid up a few holes and we caught a bending line out, to a single vertical, to a line. Ellie's flatwork has been feeling really great but have been hearing that she's rushing a bit to the fences. I felt a little rush to the single vertical and the outside line (jumping into an oxer as the first fence) but sat and waited for the shorter spot.
She just gets excited. The few times that we've jumped "up" she's been very quiet and the smaller fences are starting to bore her (keeping in mind that of course I want a finished horse that is quiet to a fence at any height). We need to start jumping a little higher together. I feel as though I have a much better focus when I have something to ride at, rather than stare down at the fence.
I know, I know- ride the pace and track. I think that we end up in a vicious circle at the 2'-2'3" height of not seeing a distance, getting nervous, chasing or holding, panicking, and then we're back to square one again.
But there is hope for the two of us yet- which is exciting! Now to keep that positive momentum moving forward!
|Jump all the things! Lick all the things!|