Saturday’s lesson went really, really well. We built up each component until we had a whole course strung together and Eli jumped everything so nicely. The lead changes were not there on Saturday but my trainer pointed out that when I ask Eli to jump in the middle by opening my left rein and closing my right leg, he ALWAYS lands on the correct lead. Hello, light bulb, nice to meet you. It’s pretty clear at this point that the right drift is like 95% me, and only about 5% Eli.

I’ll just post a few videos here of the lesson — I started chopping stuff up to review it, so I am not sure about the order, but you can see how we tackled each component. I am especially thrilled that the inside line with the combination did not light Eli up like it did the last time we jumped through it. He still doesn’t require the “kick ride” but he got pretty damn close on Saturday.

blue to outside from patentlybay on Vimeo.

3 to 1 from patentlybay on Vimeo.

blue line from patentlybay on Vimeo.

So obviously my homework is to ride straight …

8 thoughts on “Methodical

  1. i like how in the first video, Eli only knocks the smallest fence on course. as if to say, ‘pfft what is this smaller vertical? not even worth my effort!’ lol. also yea. the drift. such a struggle always and forever for me.


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