I had a lesson Saturday, but didn’t get to write about it until now since we did Thanksgiving dinner that afternoon. I got home and needed to cook and get the toddler to nap and totally forgot to journal my ride! Before this week, Pluto had only jumped twice since Washington. We were supposed to show this coming weekend, so Pluto needed to jump a bit and prepare. (We can’t do that show after all, because I double booked a Breakfast with Santa for the exact same time. You can’t cancel on him in December, because he’s super busy and that will land your butt on the naughty list!) In my other lessons this week, we kept the jumps very low, so to prep for the show, we put them a little higher (about 2’9″ probably).
We warmed up at the trot then trotted back and forth through three poles set at an extended trot to three poles set for a collected trot about 20-30 feet away. We then added cantering down the long side and coming back to the trot for the rails. My trainer added two flower boxes as a one stride on the long side, and Pluto thought it definitely had teeth. He went right over it, but definitely finagled his body so the monster couldn’t eat him. When we cantered the other way, we added a rail set three strides to a 1’ jump.
I can’t remember if we warmed up over any jumps, but Pluto was very strong so we had to modify our courses and cut out the lines toward home. We were able to have a soft, balanced canter to the jumps, but he had to be rebalanced hard after each jump.
As we picked up the canter for a second course that included full lines, someone drove a four wheeler/ golf cart (I have no idea what it is called) into the ring, because there was a missing dog concern. Pluto found this very exciting and got much stronger. After the first jump, we halted and adjusted the course and did some singles with halts after. We were able to stay soft and balanced before the jump and halt after, which is usually really hard for us (and wasn’t entirely easy today).
I’m bummed about the show, but luckily there is one the following week and I’m excited to take my daughter to meet Santa!