That's not to say that the mare had much time off. We had two great lessons, the first working through some grids focusing on her, and the second with more grid work but focusing on me (ugh).
|foggy morning playtime.|
The focus for the lesson with me was to sharpen up my Eq and get a bit better and helping finesse her over the fences without looking like I was working hard or frustrated. One thing that I've noticed when I watch S ride Prair at a show is that she does such an amazing job of making it look like a quiet, easy ride when she's still pretty actively arguing with the mare about a few key elements (leads, not galloping, etc).
So, my "grid" was four fences, all two strides apart working from about 2'6" up to about 3'6" at the end.
Primarily, one of my biggest issues is keeping my body quiet (and tall) and not "helping" Prair along by jackknifing myself over the fences (especially bigger ones) and ducking like a crazy person.
The grid was nice since it made me shut off the very large/loud part of my brain that is constantly nit-picking my distances. That left lots of bandwidth for me to just think "tall, tall, tall, still, still, still." When I finally stopped yo-yoing around in the tack a bit, S let me work on trying to shape the mare, and "ride" a bit more - so long as I didn't sacrifice a quiet upper body.
Here's a quick clip. I think this was toward the end of the lesson? I don't remember. I do remember that the fog was thick enough when we started that I couldn't see the last fence in the line as I went in.
I guess that's one way to not overly anticipate a fence....