….you’re not surprised at all that you have to go get a chainsaw because there has fallen a tree in the middle of the road!
Seriously?! Hahaha! :D Oh well…. Nothing here surprises me anymore because literally anything can and WILL happen! The life of the hillbilly, true story ;)
There has obviously been a storm around here, Helga I believe it was called, but the road is clear once more (almost feel a little proud, made a difference for the neighbourhood!) and all is well again.
In between my last show and the storm a lot happened! Second day of the show also went well, though a pair of poles down – thought first day was the best but people around me argued that the second day was equally as good as the first one ;) My trainer was there as well and saw me ride which was very practical because she instantly saw a couple of details to work on (and luckily enough I also got to borrow her daughter’s showjacket! I forgot my own at home hehe…)
At the training last week my trainer was very focused on the details she saw at the show! She wouldn’t let me get away with anything! Very demanding, just what I need, so grateful for all the help I got :) Straighten up! S t r a i g h t e n u p! I haven’t really noticed it myself before but I tend to position myself too much forward ‘in front’ of the horse, it should be the other way around! With Indore balance and position is everything and it’s incredible what a difference straightening up made, I got a much better quality and balance in the canter which in return resulted in great jumps. And it was also so easy to see distances! ‘Is it supposed to be this easy?’ I asked myself haha, because suddenly I had all the time in the world to get my distance and we were both relaxed and calm approaching the jumps. We also practised a lot of counter canter which helped immensely with making Indore cantering straight, in one line! Definitely something to do more often.
I’ve also been riding Confect out in the woods together with my father and Indore and she is doing so good! She seems to have quite a good basic stamina, though she needs more strength still of course. Haha she is even doing better than Indore when it comes to being brave, not a single flinch or jump for anything (whereas Indore, the supposed adult horse, is all over the place for seemingly unthreatening things….) Confect has also done some jumping again, jumping like a cat, high, round – very scopey! :D (Phew, it’s much more ‘work’ involved jumping a 3-year-old compared to an adult horse – got to use a lot of leg to make sure she is within the frame! I was more tired than the Confect I think, trying my best to really do everything right). Next week we will go to her first ‘training’ in preparation for her first ‘show’, how exciting! Wasn’t completely honest when I said that the latest show would be the last show of the year I guess! Haha, no, but it is just a pay&jump so nothing fancy, just to get her more used to jumping courses ;)
Today I did my final examination in Dutch, and you know the feeling you get when you ace it?! I’m high on that one ;) Probably will be for some time! God I LOVE language!
Happy weekend everyone! :D