LONG day at work but still was able to leave in a timely manner, get to the barn before dark and get Henry.
The round pen is still a mud pit so a quick lunge inside was a must- thankfully everyone was done riding just as I was going in to ride.. I joked with Kat that we scared them all away ha! He wasn't very high so a quickly ran him around and got on.
My goal was to just hack and work on no stirrups. I feel that went well lol... my thighs were burning so that is a good sign right?!
I also really worked on thought about pushing his hind end through the corners and he was much better about it- getting better each ride.
Funny story- there was a mud puddle and he literally jumped it the first 3 or 4 times we went "over" it... aye Henry just trot/canter - not jump.
Cooled out and put him away.
What more could you want from a lesson then a big ol tractor and semi, men in the dark unloading the shavings off the semi with the tractor and people falling off?!
Yep that equals a good lesson to me too- NOT!
Henry was actually really well composed and when I went by the "scary" end, I would bend him to the inside and tell him he was a good boy and we only had a few mild spooks... others were not so fortunate.
We started with some no stirrup work- owch is all I have to say.
After the flat work we moved onto jumping. I opted to go first so that i could have lots of time cooling Henry out which makes my waiting time after our ride less :) We all did the X back and forth. Then I went first on the little "course"... Oxer off the left lead to a panel 3 strides to a sharp right hand turn to three more strides to another panel, left lead to the oxer again. Did this a couple times and then I was done...
Cooled Henry out- because of all the time and walking he wasn't that sweaty when I got off, score! I like going first!
Grooming, blanket, back to his stall, grain/hay and kisses...
Off Wednesday, lesson Thursday, trainer ride Friday and lesson Saturday.
Pics/video of lesson to come :)