|Jumps? No big thing. But you can take notice which direction we have drifted in the photo. Surprise we have drifted to the right!|
I don't know the difficulty of the course at IEA but I am sure it will not be child's play. I am praying for more left turns than right but the course at Heartland was probably 75% to the right and it really made our weaknesses stand out. I HAVE to HAVE to HAVE think about my turns. I need to know my course like the back of my hand so I can do it with my eyes closed so that when I go in there I can think about my turns. Where they are, when to make them and where each one of my aids needs to be to make each turn count. Weight in my outside foot, turn with my outside rein and correct with the right rein before he pops out his shoulder. Peter says ride every stride. Don't wait until you have to 'correct' a problem. Stop it before it starts. I mean I KNOW my horse will pop out his right shoulder every single chance he gets. So I need to half halt with my right rein BEFORE a turn. I need to think about counter flexing when turning to the right. If we could just get this right shoulder/rein thing worked out we would be golden. It is truly our weakest link.
A phenomenal dressage test? That is nothing for this horse. Cross country jumps we have never encountered any problems on that front. Height? Just never been an issue. But in show jumping? That right shoulder and my left rein are going to be our biggest challenge.
We will see how IEA goes but if it wasn't for that right shoulder issue we could take on Novice without an issue. So that will be our project for the summer to tidy up our straightness so that by fall we can knock out a Novice show and who knows maybe Training will be on our horizon next season!