no good excuse or exciting explaination for lack of blogging. Just.... lack of blogging. :)
Windsor continues to be a saint. I've dropped one of my lessons so that he can get a few more pro rides, and whadda ya know - all the sudden my rides are better too. Funny how that whole Pro>ammy thing works out...
But really, If we are 5 weeks from his "hunter debut," he can use the training rides. Rocking back at the base is still confusing to him, as is giving and lifting his inside shoulder.
In keeping with my goals for the year - I went down to watch my trainer ride last week and I was surprised how much of a difference I could *see* in Windsor's work. I've certainly felt it in my own rides, but since we lack regular photo evidence - my mental picture was still what I saw two months ago when I watched him get his first ride in the states. (#beenawhile).
Basically, there was a boring flat warm up - (by boring I mean productive and steady), followed by jumping a small fence on a circle. Followed by some course work, and finally putting a couple of the fences up to 3'3"/3'6".
There has been a big emphasis on getting him to open up his step and move up from the corners (and in between lines). If you recall in Germany one thing we noted was that even though he was jumping beautifully over 3'6"/4' - he was on a TINY stride. Putting 5 into a line that would walk as 4 in a 2'6" division.... He will move up if you really ask - but right now it isn't his MO. - and we'd like it to be.
After this ride I did notice that during my own lesson he was moving up a lot easier and even starting to show me the fences a bit (especially as you start to raise them up a bit).
It really is confusing how much better this horse is over bigger jumps. He stays balances, perky and forward. Anything under 3' just isn't very exciting and he just mobs around a tad tuned out. I don't like the notion that I should skip the small stuff since the big stuff is easier - because I know he needs to learn the discipline over smaller fences, but MAN it is a tad frustrating.
Some clips over fences...
First, work on a circle -
And some finishing course work -
I love how he's working, his butt is under him and that top line is really starting to fill in!
Next we really need to get some flowers so this thing gets used to some fill!