Don't be a prick
Recently Henry seems to have really taken that next step in our training. Through our lessons and at home on my own I have been working hard and heightening my expectations of Henry. I have also started to trust my own ability and know that I am doing the right things even when Henry is being resistant.
Consistent weekly lessons have made a huge difference along with additional clinics and dressage rallies. The extra time away from competitions has also given me plenty of time to hone in on little things and make them better, rather than having the focus on being completion ready. It took a while to change my mind set but I have, and it’s been nice to enjoy the ride a bit more and not stress about if we will get a perfect test etc.
Henry has been fresh recently. The weather has suddenly gotten cold, and wet weather has made riding harder so Hen has had some time off. He thrives best in a routine but he’s been ok with it up until last week. I have been feeding him up a bit, I am asking him to work harder and while he looks ok, he needs more condition to build muscle. The cold, time off and extra feed has made him fresh and very reactive! We tried to go for a bush ride the other day and didn’t make it to the bush, instead I hopped off after some rodeo moments and walked home. No point trying to get him to have a nice relaxed ride out when he’s like that so we went home and worked.
|This sums it up perfectly!|
Our ride on Monday night though was one of the best we have had just about ever. He worked beautifully at dressage club, then jumped at home on Sunday. He was great on Sunday but I need to remember to ride more forward and package the energy better. He wasn’t using himself as well as he can because I was allowing him to be underpowered. I haven’t jumped at home in ages so it was a useful lesson in realising my errors and know what I need to do differently. Monday though had moments of magic!