|Super tired and happy post-lesson|
After working on bending at a walk, we moved on to a trot. Trainer emphasized that I should ask for the trot when Casey is actually in a nice relaxed bend. We got some really nice upward transitions. We also worked on downward transitions, trying to really get Casey to listen to my seat and vocal cues instead of having to rely on rein pressure as much. This is a tough one for both of us, because downward transitions are not the easiest for us, but we made some really nice progress.
Next came cantering. We aren't focusing on specific things in the canter yet, because Trainer says that Casey doesn't really have the muscle strength yet to do a lot with that, but we did a little bit of bending. Trainer made numerous comments about how good Casey's canter has gotten (she hasn't seen us canter in a lesson in probably two months), which made me pretty proud :)
Now to the good stuff, the jumping! Trainer had us pop over a medium sized cross-rail a few times each direction. Then she set up a jump line which was a one stride to a one stride. We only went over this twice and then I think Trainer had a change of mind because she set up a new line that had bounces. By the end of the lesson it was a quadruple bounce to a one stride oxer.
I have very little experience with bounces and I had no idea if Casey had ever seen a bounce before, so the first time going through was a tad nerve-wracking (I was just praying that she wouldn't try to jump it as a crazy wide oxer), but I should have had more faith in my pony, because she handled it like a champ. The bounces also really helped to set me up well for the oxer.
|Engaged horse booty|
|She's such a boss :P|
By the end of the lesson Trainer gave me some really good feedback. She told me that she really liked how I rode the line, because I was floating my reins and just letting Casey do her thing. She also told me that I should make a point to set up bounces for Casey when I jump out of lessons, because it is encouraging her to jump really nicely and will strengthen her bum and get her off of her forehand.
She recommending doing a bounce line twice a week and running it through 10-12 times. I usually jump two days a week (out of the 5-6 total times I ride) so I will just make a point to start setting bounce lines for myself. I am still a newbie at setting my own lines, so after hopping off Casey I made sure to walk the line myself a few times (for my own future note: bounces are 3 normal steps, the one stride after is 8).
|Post-ride queen awaiting her treats|
|Her front end just kills me with how good it looks|
|Soooo many baby carrots for the best horsie|