Back to the good stuff...
Saturdays lesson got moved to Sunday.
Saturday was turn out for Henry.
Sunday's lesson.... I set my alarm for Saturday instead of Sunday so I woke up late.
Got to the barn, got Henry, brought him up to groom and the "barn manager" cornered me and basically told me that I was not to complain about things and that my complaint about the turn outs was not true (attempting to intimidate me I guess). Funny I am pretty sure I PAY you to give me a service and I walk by the turn outs EVERY DAY so I know what is going on with them- she even admitted that she hasn't been down to look at them after I stood my ground with her.
Tacked up, lunged and headed down to the lower arena.
Hacked around and warmed up with the group. Henry was pretty good... then lead changes and that is where the fun began- we worked hard but got them.
Warmed up over a baby vertical (1) with the group, turning left and right after to get the leads.
Then L went and did a more complex course that I did in the end but I started out with 2 to 3 around to 6 straight lead change to the right lead roll back to 5 to 4.
Then I did it backwards 4 to 5, roll back to 6 around to 3 to 2.
Then I did the course L did first- 2 to 3, angle over just 4, roll around 5 to 6, left turn around 1 to 5 and 4. Did that twice and it was much better.
Then the boxes- which were actually at more of an angle but I couldn't figure out how to make them angel lol. Did them back and fourth and the second or third time over after the jump I asked for the lead change and Henry did it and proceeeded to take off with me- of course I lost my stirrups and knew that if I turned him into the rain he would prop and my ass would be in the dirt, I tried to get my irons back but could only get one so I sat up and turned him into the rail (this whole time he was getting faster and faster and despite my whoaing and PULLING on the reins he didn't seem to remember I was up there). I was super shaken up and pissed at the same time.
Did the boxes a few more times to get a good ending and then was done... ugh this horse!
He was great jumping but that taking off thing is NOT cool.
I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned today- horse- washed his legs and tail and vetrolyned his body, tack, grain room, a bit of cleaning my box and organized a few things. Also put on Henry's new pull on bell boots- I seriously go through a pair every 2 months of the ones with velcro... the velcro comes off of them b/c the sand cuts it and it always happens when I am out riding so I lose the pieces.
|Everyone's bridles waiting to be cleaned :)|
Maybe a hack Monday, lesson Tuesday, off Wednesday, lesson Thursday, trainer ride Friday and lesson Saturday.