Roller Coaster

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:

lines022016 from rennikka on Vimeo.

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 …

rightturn022016 from rennikka on Vimeo.

“rollback” from rennikka on Vimeo.

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.

he hates this wall from rennikka on Vimeo.

Ever thankful for sticky knee patches!


24 thoughts on “Roller Coaster

  1. ha it’s so funny watching him go bc esp the first couple strides of the first video i was thinking ‘huh he doesn’t seem *that* forward’ until i realized, ‘oh but damn he is covering some ground tho’ lol. you two look great!

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