Rider: This horse is like a roller coaster.
Trainer: He sure is.
For our last two lessons, Eli has been pretty calm and relaxed. While I think he was still pretty much relaxed — for him — this past lesson, he was not really calm. Which means he was a bit forward. Which means I was a bit handsy. Which means I had trouble steering, because Eli does not steer with reins, he steers with seat and leg. I’m putting this all very generously. I mentioned to my trainer during the lesson that I was having trouble steering, so her response was that then we will work on turns.
But first, please see forward Eli and handsy rider:
That four-stride was really tight, huh? Not bad really, because we won’t be moseying into the hunter ring anytime soon, which has always been the case. Some days we have no half-halt, and the leads are a crapshoot. Like this day.
So then I’ll just show you my slightly smarter riding working in a few turns …
A bit gappy at the oxer in the second video, with a late release, but it looks like I half-way caught up at the end.
Last, Eli has not gotten over this faux brick wall thing we’ve jumped a few times. It feels like all four hooves come off the ground at once. And he’s like “RAWR” on the other side.
Ever thankful for sticky knee patches!