Rides This Week

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.

GRASS from patentlybay on Vimeo.

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.

oxer

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.

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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.

12 thoughts on “Rides This Week

  1. The breeze last night was so nice. I was definitely gross, but we weren’t dying. Sounds like you guys managed to get in some great work!

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  2. I’m still trying to figure out why shade trees everywhere surrounding an arena aren’t a thing. But my mom’s RBBF from back in the day has a mister system in one of his outdoor rings and it is magical

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