Tuesday, I rode Eli around 7:30pm and the heat had not yet abated much. After maybe 15 to 20 minutes of moderate flat work, he and I were both panting. Clearly, we are not even remotely acclimated to the summer weather.
Wednesday’s ride, I decided to do a little jumping. I didn’t even get to the farm until about 7pm because of traffic, and more of a breeze came up so the heat didn’t bother me as much as it did Tuesday.
I started with a few trot jumps, then cantered a vertical going away, looped around, and jumped a skinny oxer going home. We got to a gap at the skinny, but I just grabbed mane and stayed with it for once.
We then worked through a triple–a 2 to a 1–that was set a bit tight coming in, but the 1 stride going out walked pretty normal. Since the 2 stride rode tight for us, I pulled the third element, an oxer, in a few feet to get the results I was going for. I had to hop down and fuss with the triple a few times before it rode right for us on a small step (Eli basically stayed right at my shoulder, following me around, which was cute). I also added a guide pole on the right in the 2 stride. I didn’t want Eli to stretch out over the last jump, I wanted him to rock back and jump around it. We came in pretty collected and I worked on keeping my body up so he could jump up to me, especially at the oxer. The last 2 times through pretty much felt perfect, so I ended on that. I am not sure what the exact measurements were on the strides, but my guess would be 32-33′ to 20-21′–definitely a tight gymnastic to help Eli with moderating his stride.
Eli gets today off, too, and more flat work on Friday. I hope we will be more acclimated to the heat soon, because heat advisories will be the norm for the next few months.