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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

We have springs! Wheee!!

Today I jumped Dreamy a bit, in preparation for our next horse trial on August 12.  I am very conservative with how much I jump her and how high; at age 21 she doesn't need any extra wear and tear on her joints.  Today I figured it was time to raise the jumps a bit (since BN is 2'7", which is pretty much the highest I will jump her).  Plus, we needed to school a skinny, since we had a run out at one as the second element of a one stride back in June when we last competed.  I shamefully admit I don't have short poles, so I had my dad cut one of my regular 10' poles in half.  I figured if we school a 5' skinny at home, the 6' ones at shows will seem easier.

She was great over the skinny vertical!  She wanted to hesitate the first time through (it was just a small 2'6"ish - though I never measured it) and when I put my leg on she overjumped it.  The next time through was much better, and then by the third time she jumped it like all the other wider jumps.  Next time we jump I will make the skinny as a part of a one stride and see how that goes.

This video shows us warming up over a 2'9" vertical and a 2'6" oxer.  Later we cantered into everything, but my son can only be coaxed into videoing me for a short time, plus my phone was running out of battery.  :-)  I set the fences the other day and was surprised the vertical was 2'9"!!  I know that is not very high to most riders, but for the past few years jumps over 2' have seemed high to me.  LOL!!!  I don't really know why.  But Dreamy is admittedly jumping better and more balanced this year, so perhaps my jumping confidence has come back because of that??  I was pretty fearless as a kid and lately have felt that confidence come back.  I do try to stick with more bravery over stupidity though....  ;-)

I am pretty happy with my position.  My lower leg is not slipping back as much as it has in the past.  I see a slight roach in my back and I wish I were giving her just a bit more of a release.  My arms/shoulders are tighter than they should be.  Dreamy seems pleased with herself though!  

Dreamy jumping 7-30-12 from Elizabeth Tewksbury on Vimeo.




PS - My son is the one who made that high pitched noise at the end...he said later when I asked that a bug had landed on his hand.  LOL!!!  It still makes me laugh even after seeing the video several times.  :-D

Comments

  1. What a good girl! She is just gorgeous and so relaxed over those fences.

    The squeal is too funny!

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  2. Looking good! She looks great at 21! Which competition are you doing August 12?

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