Friday after work I went out to ride Eli, and for whatever reason, although it wasn’t too cold, the evening got progressively windier and windier. I knew if I wanted to jump Eli Saturday, I had better ride him. We mostly stuck with trotting because the wind gusts practically blowing us over made cantering a bit too unpleasant.
I finally got to jump Eli a little bit on Saturday. Eli, as ever lately, did anything I set him to. Unfortunately, I forgot to put my brain in my head.
The biggest struggle involved trotting in and cantering out of a line in 6 strides. I never did ask Eli back early enough in the line for the add step to work out well. Plus out of bad instinct I kept sitting and adding leg.
Hard as I tried to confuse my horse, he did his best to interpret my bullshit and jumped regardless.
We jumped a few other things, too, but honestly–why would I keep drilling when my horse is not the problem?
Sometimes it is better to end on a note that is off key rather than chase a ride I couldn’t produce that day. I have some extra days off this week, so hopefully I can get back to jumping with a brain in my head this time.