It’s not that I haven’t ridden in hunter classes ever before, because I have. I just haven’t ridden terribly well in hunter classes before. I don’t really have a problem with the under saddle classes. I like using the entire ring to plan a track for my o/f rounds, and not being so concerned about efficient turns on Eli is a nice change. Staying on the same pace the entire round is also pretty much fun times. I feel fancy in the tack and attire.
My problems are thus:
1. I struggle with getting the “sit two strides out and close leg” jumper mode activation out of my brain.
2. I chase distances when I don’t sit two strides out and press.
Recipe for carnage.
Eli’s brain has caught up to the job and mine hasn’t (probably because it’s the job he wants, duh). He still obliges me with responding to jumper mode activation, but that’s not really what we are going for any more. I am about to set a grid, drop my reins, and put on a blindfold to get my brain in gear, for staying in one place and letting the horse carry me and jump up to me instead of hammering to the base of the fence. The exercise* my trainer has set us to is working really well, but goddamn I am a slow learner compared to Eli. I think I need something more drastic to get my mind right, like the aforementioned blindfold.
What extremes have you gone to, to learn a new skill?
*The exercise is to canter until about 2 to 3 strides out and then trot over the fence. The exercise is to slow down MY brain.