So I had a lesson last night... Henry had a chip on his shoulder for who knows what reason but we worked through it and he felt really good on the flat.
|No crazy exercises today, just a horse eating Lattice I guess|
We moved onto jumping and did the X back and forth as a group- trainer made me do some quick/roll back turns after the jump while the others got to go straight.
Then she put up the jumps a little and told me to canter the first vertical #1 (poll with the lattice panel under it). I felt Henry suck back as we approached it and so I closed my leg and put my spur in him- TELLING him to jump... Then felt like he said ok mom BUT at the last second literally as he was picking up his feet to jump he stopped and flew left. I almost stayed on but he kept moving and I was able to land on my feet- jaring my back which now is KILLING me.
Got back on, walked him over to the jump and let him have it (per trainers instructions). There is NO reason to stop Henry. I honestly think he can't see things right in the indoor BUT when I close my leg and tell him to go, he should go.
Make note- I had my one fall for the year on Jan 29th.. I am done till 2014 :)
After that he was good. We jumped a bunch more...
Surprisingly I wasn't scared I was just pissed.
I am pretty sure Andy got the fall on video so I can't wait to see that... everyone said it was an impressive fall and trainer got a good laugh out of it and even complimented my "ass kicking" skills - I am more confident now and it shows.
Off today, lesson tomorrow, trainer ride Friday, lesson Saturday.