My #1 goal this past month was to go to a show and jump a course, cantering, without dying. Mission accomplished. Actually, Twister was fabulous at the show. Except for that thing with the trailer which we have worked on and he is now over......
|Trailers are no problemo anymore|
|Best shots from the past week. I've had a mostly great pony|
|Lots of muscles after only a month :)|
Get to a clinic/lesson. That was supposed to be for April, only the trainer I go to scheduled a clinic on May 9th so I'd rather do that then go to a lesson out of the blue. Then I can watch other riders, get a sort of show feel for Twister and talk to other riders and farm owners about insurance. I am forever making business connections.
Grids and gymnastics!!!! I have plenty of poles and I need to make Twister think and do something other than canter straight up to a jump. That's not going to cut it. Also need to do pole work to help our canter for dressage!
Go somewhere to XC school. I have a friend at a farm not too too far that has invited me out several times. I need to pick a date and go school with her! I have my first HT planned for the end of June to give me plenty of time for getting fit and practicing and xc schooling. I'd like to start this summer at BN level, but I will probably warm up with one at Starter (2-2.3ft jumps or so) and then move up for the next show. So I need to be jumping at that level or higher. Now that it's drying out I can finally do that.
Lateral work! We both loathe it . But Twister needs to be moving off my leg better and needs to be more supple. And he needs to engage his hind end more. He's long-backed, so it's makes it very difficult to collect him and get him on the aids. And he can be a mule sometimes! I need to put those spurs on and make him workity workity. No to mention how great it'd be for my leg muscles which while not as jello-y as a month ago, are still not even close to Uncle George's standards.
|He has biceps and pecs like Arnold!|
|What NOT to do kids!.... then he dropped his|
shoulder and I *almost* rolled off!