I rode yesterday and today. Both nice rides. Steady was very UP both days and he was having moments of flipping me the bird while hauling ass in the direction of the pasture with the other horses. But he is a horse and well what can you do. I look at it as, this too shall pass and am not too worried about it. The rest the ride besides his f'u' moments are quite lovely with his upness(that is not a word but its all I got) he is giving me some beautiful dressage movements. Some great moments of rounded back cantering through and right into the contact. Nice leg yields at the trot and turns on the forehand at the walk. I even got a nice walk/canter transition when I asked. NICE! So over all I am happy. Also in attempt to post that video of him jumping 3 ft as I promised I also jumped. I talked my husband into coming out and video taping some of our jumps. I am kinda disappointed with his effort but he was out there doing it so I cannot complain.
If you care to watch Steady and I jump 3 ft here are some videos. I debated and decided to post the good the bad and the ugly. I mean we need to keep it real, right? Though it really bothers me to watch myself screw up on tape especially when it is at the expense of my horse. It frustrates me beyond words to see my mistakes interfere with his ability to jump. But we are where we are and make no claims of being perfect so it is what it is. The only way I can improve is to first see the flaws, next acknowlege them and then make the needed steps to improve in it. And video's are a great way to see the flaws.
Over all the Pros are; My leg is kick ass! Doesn't budge always forwad and never slides back=safe safe safe. My release is improved and my had are going forward to release. I pretty much am in great balance after take off. Steady is just kick ass. He is point, shot and jump and is so fun! Overall Cons; Oh man pull up a chair...Ugh I struggle too much with climbing up his neck at take off. I throw my upper body too far forward and Peter would be scolding me. I am jumping with way too short of reins and too often I see my arms straight out trying to release and still pulling on his mouth more than I would like to see. There are some times I hold him off the jumps and couple times it makes him take an insanely long spot. Steady's Cons too strong. I can pretty much regulate his strength before the jump because I will not take a jump he is hauling ass to but upon landing he can get carried away.
#1 at 2'9" Throwing myself at his neck at the base of the jump.
#2 at 2'9" Improved and did not throw myself at his neck but reins are too short and I believe the cause of hitting the pole behind.
#3 at 2'9" Not pretty. I am holding him off and send a bad signal by leaning forward both resulting in a long spot.
#4 at 2'9" Peter would be happy with my upper body :) I am very happy with my position on the jump. Every thing is great except my reins should be longer...grr.
#1 at 3 ft Taking that long spot resulting in the down rail. I was probably holding him off so I am sure it was my fault. But if I had given him his head a bit more and not had my reins so damn short I believe he could have salvaged it.
#2 at 3 ft Ugh throwing myself at his neck...poor guy.
#3 at 3 ft I can't complain here I am happy with this! Well longer reins would be good but we can pretty much just put that as a general rule on these videos and I can stop mentioning it ;) But will be worked on! But we will end on a good note. See it is not all sushine and roses. Never is with horses but it is always a challange. We had some good and not so good things and now we know where we, as in I need to work and that is why we school.
Tomorrow Sara Ivie the local County Saddle rep (also a certified saddler by the Master Saddler Acc. and a good reputation)is coming out to evaluate(try to sell my cheap ass a saddle) but I am looking to pretty much gain knowledge. She contacted me out of the blue and said she was going to be out my way. And just a couple weeks ago I noticed some white hairs coming through on Steady's back behind his withers. I started really studying his back after that and the GREAT news is he is officially not hollow behind the withers anymore. After a year and a half he has finally started to build some muscule on his back. The BAD news is that is going to cause for some adjusting when it comes to the saddle again(rolls eyes). But I am not all that upset over the ordeal because he does not seem sore. I figure we can just work to remedy the problem until we find a fix. But then Sara contacting me I felt was a sign that now would be a great time to have him fit since his body is finally starting to change for the better and not in that weird, need to build muscule-I know it's going to change-why find a perfect fitting saddle phase anymore!!! Yay!!! I am really looking forward to it!
Lastly, and if you made it this far I am impressed. Blogger is pissing me off! There I said it, I have been holding that in and it felt good to get it out. WTH is wrong with blogger? I cannot comment on half the blogs I love and follow and this has been going on for months now. And the ones I can I have to go about it in the most annoying not simple way ever. It bugs the heck out of me because I love to comment on my most favoritest blogs. Then the last two posts blogger says not one person has read them. Now I wouldn't blame anyone for not reading my