The day was Sunday. I was cantering around, warming P up. I hear, “He looks good.” Me: “Thanks, I’ve been working with Trainer J a lot.”
A pause. Then:
“That’s not going to cut it for jumping.”
Trainer B is back!
Sadly no media, but it wouldn’t have been that exciting of media anyways, since we stuck to some simple concepts- namely, getting us to go appropriately forward to jumps.
Trainer B put poles in front of the jumps, to give me a clear number of strides between the pole and the jump. And because he hates me, he made the distances long.
1st attempt: We go over the pole at a conservative pace, I realize 1-2 strides out that I won’t make it in 3, so I kick him the last stride.
Result: P lands and gallops away way too fast, yet doing what I asked by kicking him over the jump.
2nd attempt: In an effort to prevent him from bolting away again, I micromanage the hell out of him even more on the front side, again, kicking him over the jump to make it in 3.
Result: Uhhh, the same as attempt 1.
Trainer B says, “It’s instinct to think that by slowing him before the jump, he’ll be more manageable on landing.
Me: YES, that’s exactly it!
Trainer B: It’s wrong training.
And so we did that over and over and over. Switching it up between the pole being 4 strides out and 3 strides out, until P and I were both a bit more comfortable with the increased pace. Because it’s been awhile.
It was really great to be back, and it was also great to jump again. P concurred, and was a bit more excitable than I anticipated, but it was a good lesson to knock the dust off. And I’ve gotten the green light from BO to put the jumps back out in the jump arena again, so those will start going up after work today.
And we have some (tentative) plans! I expressed my need for much XC schooling, so those days are being planned. I have until tomorrow to figure out if I can go to River Glen HT in 3 weeks, which doesn’t look like it will happen based on Husband’s schedule, but will be decided tonight. And THEN, and of course depending on XC schooling results, we’re planning (again, oh-so-tentatively) on a mid-May Novice debut for P! With Trainer B aboard, of course. I really just need the proof that those wide objects, known to most as simply tables, are indeed jump-able.