Ya’ll, it’s almost February! Which means next month is March when I can start to see the light at the end of winter. And then… horse show season! Okay, okay so around here the summer show season doesn’t start until May, which is still three months away, but it’s getting closer and closer. Plus, a girl can dream, right? I really want to come out swinging this year and enjoy a full season of shows at 2’6″. I’ve been dreaming of showing in this division for years… and now it’s time for me to enjoy it! In that vein, Miles and I really do need to start gearing up — our fitness is lacking, our timing is a little bit off and we’re just overall out of showing shape.
But we’re already working toward fixing all of that. I’m committed to doing more in our flat rides and not just poking around the arena — ground poles have become my new best friends. And the work is starting to pay off a little bit… but if our lesson last night was any indication, we still have a ways to go. While we feel really solid on the flat and our canter transitions are rock solid now, our jumping efforts left something to be desired.
For almost the entire lesson Miles and I struggled to flow. We chipped in, I landed in a heap and Miles lagged behind my leg. While I really appreciate Miles’s amazing ability to jump around despite his rider fucking everything up [thank you Saint Miles!!] it makes me really mad at myself. I’ve seriously let myself go and I have no one to blame but myself. I just need to ride more! So we spent the lesson not worrying about the details and focusing on the big picture: raise your eye, add leg and stretch up. After a few rounds of this, Miles and I began to click again… enough so that I finished jumping 2’3″-2’6″.
Moral of the story? It’s time to get our butts in gear!