Monday, March 4, 2013


Grace and Hope made the trip to Kate Hicks Eventing for jump lessons, which off course couldn't begin until a proper warm-up on the flat occurred. I am beginning to realize that flat work may be the bane of my prepubescent riding career because I have an almost non-existent understanding of true connection. Previous instructors have attempted to do so, and at the time I thought I was beginning to understand, but this week things suddenly began to fall into place.

Hope was first and Kate thoroughly schooled me on creating a canter that made distances instead of half halts and hands. Click for video of our lesson.

Grace was next. The lesson was interesting to say the minimum. Grace isn't particularly interested in listening to me on a regular basis and fancied all the things in Kate's indoor that created any opportunity to evade even the simplest of requests. Fortunately, she was in no way blessed with any form of stamina and became more cooperative as the lesson progressed. Where Hope is built like a tall and slim volleyball player, Grace has a build more reminiscent of shot putter. The transition between the two is similar to climbing out of car and mounting a sofa. Throughout the lesson we continued to school the connection process and transitions (think 18-wheeler going 0 to 60). The lesson took a turn from the usual when we introduced Grace to the liverpool, at which point she demonstrated agility and speed (in the reverse direction) unbeknownst to each observer . The reapproach was equally entertaining as Grace took to leaping with each of her four feet simultaneously over the liverpool. This resulted in belly-aching laughter that went on long enough to shed tears. We ended over a course including some challenging combinations and a substantial oxer. Click for video of our lesson. Disclaimer - you may want to avoid drinking milk during the liverpool.

Lastly, I took Rose to my friend Anecia Delduco for a dressage lesson. Much like Grace, Rose has a tendency to not see the importance of the task at hand. At times her approach is more "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" #ChroniclesOfMyLittleRedRidingHorse. Immediately Anecia identified that Rose has a tendency to hold tension in the base of her neck, so the focus became leg yields to soften, which combined with straightness, became the theme of the lessons. Rose has light and effortless downward transitions. Her upwards need work and consistency which won't come without more connection on my end.

Lessons on Wednesday weather pending. Cheer to either lessons or a snow day!

Worth the Trust Scholarship: 2745 - 120 (2 lessons with Kate @ 60/lesson) - 50 (One lesson with Anecia @ 50/lesson) = 2575.00

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