As for me, my lesson was ok. I was feeling oddly weak and couldn't hold my two point very well, quickly tiring and running out of breath. When I woke up with a nasty sinus infection on Saturday, I realized why.
|Another beautiful chestnut! This guy is a 35 year old QH and is a perfect saint.|
We started the lesson on a mowed path around the outside of the arena. The circuit incorporates a nice hill along one of the long sides. I've mentioned this probably with each lesson write up, but MD is very big into rider fitness. None of her students are allowed to enter a HT until they can canter for 5 minutes straight in a two point and still have the ability to then take the rest of her lesson. She wanted to introduce me to this and sent me off at the trot to get the lay of the land before it was time to canter both going clockwise/up the steeper side and then counterclockwise/down the steeper side. I HATE cantering down hill. It scares me. We discussed the biomehanics of the horse and rider at length before I took a deep breath and did it. It helps that Fenix is the bestest boy and never puts a single hoof out of line. He went around no big deal.
|Fenix has taken a pretty strong hold on my heart.|
We then entered the arena and worked on pacing at 350 mpm. In her arena, this amounted to 1.5 times around without cutting the corners. I got to the end at 51 seconds. Ooops. Lesson learned? 350 mpm is not nearly as fast as I thought it was.
After that it was course work time with a slight variation of the course from the week prior. This time we did diagonal, long side, long side, diagonal but all the jumps and striding remained the same.
By this point I was pretty exhausted and just not feeling like myself. I expected to be done and instead watched as MD looked for ways to make the course more exciting. She pointed out the three jumps in the arena I had yet to do: a stone wall that looked huge, an even bigger looking roll top and a brown barrel jump. I told her that I was fine not doing those, but no dice.
|While any barrel used to cause panic, I have now done enough of them to be a non issue. At least on Fenix who could care less what he is jumping over. We will see once Eeyore is back at it.|
Now I had to do them.
And once again Fenix proves that he is amazing. He didn't bat an eye at any of it. He really is a great boy and as MD put it "You aren't jumping anything. Fenix is. And if he doesn't care, then why should you? Your job is no different going over the round top versus a cross rail. Get straight, leg on and get out of his way"