Last Saturday Sprinklerbandit and I had a fun day with the horses. I got to watch her have a truly awesome ride on C-rage. He was forward, soft, and accepting of the contact, on top of all that he has so many beautiful shiny muscles. I was super excited when one of the pictures I took of his eye and sparkle skull bridle charm made it onto Topline's instagram! Then it was off to my barn to jump Prisoner!
I walk trot cantered to warm up, nothing too exciting there, just making sure P-Diddy and I were on the same page.
He was amiable so we started jumping. Some of the other boarders had set a little jump course and left it up for me to use. Yay friends! It was all crossrails to start. I picked up the canter, made a big loop to establish it and headed right down a line. I kept my reins short, my hands and eyes up, and my leg on. I also worked on making it more of a jumping canter and less of a dressage canter. Guess what guys!? It worked, that was the best darn crossrail course we have ever done!
The adage that if you have a good canter there is (almost) no bad distance was in the back of my mind. Long, short, or just right we cantered around and not a single fit was thrown. Aimee was kind enough to video and be jump crew so we put them all up to small verticals.
We picked up the canter again, I made a nice big loop to get organized and did our course again, we had one awkward line, regrouped and did the rest of the course. You guys, he didn't rush! I didn't second guess what we were doing. We were a team!
Is there room for improvement? Of course. Was I still really really happy? Yes. My horse was responsive and willing, I was a competent leader for him. For our second time going over fences since the beginning of December I was very pleased. Here is the uber interesting crossrail and 2' vertical video if you are interested.