|Looks light she's sniffing a laser ;)|
Anywho, rode my princess in a new gag bit, which with its little swingy chain and offensive ability to stop her from dragging on me, really threw her for a loop.
Eventually it worked and we had some really really nice frame, without her head sinking down, and gee golly my back wasn't nearly as sore, go figure.
Did assembly line jumping back and forth over an x then like 2'3" vertical, switching which way to turn afterwards.
Some minor startling when she saw Ramone in the roundpen, etc; but since I expected to see Dorothy's house flying overhead at any moment, Holly was soooo good, barely spooking at all, which is huge considering how bad she was when I got her.
Lesson Wednesday was just myself and another trainer's student in the huge outdoor. Ran Holly in the big bull pen (which means I run a lot more than she does) but there were ground poles and it was cute seeing her move over to jump them on her own.
|Clearly taking work seriously|
Went over a long line of trot poles to work on my ability to keep her straight, then worked on adjusting her canter, which is a lot easier in the gag bit. She has a big scoot moment, but came around and was fine the next pass, and considering how little we've ridden down there of late I expected some scooting.
Only used two jumps but sooo much work. A little X and an oxer. Yup I jump oxers now. Not sure why they were so scary. Frankly liked it better than the little crossrail because she was really forward to the crossrail and really half-asses the small jumps now, but she respected the oxer. I need to work on keeping my grip on my reins, I constantly fiddle with the length. Drives trainer nuts... and pony, and me...
Cooled off, and Holly got a good scrubbing, from forelock to lady parts (ugh). She's looking good considering she's been off grain for over a month now. She's gaining weight, go figure.