I pulled Jetta out of the pasture (she's finally coming to me instead of me coming to her!) and she was a little mudball! Geez pony, I was brushing off clouds of dirt. Her purple blankie is now brown with purple patches.
Ok, onto today's ride. Jetta was an angel! Like literally. I decided to jump because I haven't done it in a while and have really been itching to do some jumping. And so that's what we did. I had a couple jumps in mind so I set them up. Then I though What am I thinking? I haven't jumped her in two weeks and I want to hop over some unfamiliar jumps?? I ended up making one jump smaller because it scared me a tad, lol. I then (unintentionally) free-lunged Jetta over the jumps. I took her halter off to put her bridle on and she trotted off. Okayyy, well if you're going to do that then you'll have to work! She was game to jump them though, and it made me feel better when she easily cleared them in good form. I'm so excited to see how far we can go together!
Anyways, here's what I set up, a triple bar oxer and a large X with the barrels.
I have developed a new warm-up that has yielded a super good result - our "new recipe for success".
- Lunge first if I haven't ridden in a few days.
- Warm up on a loose rein at the walk and trot.
- Take up contact and do shoulder-in and leg-yeild at the trot.
- Start the "work", cantering, etc.
Overall, I was really pleased with her today, especially for how little I rode her this week. We finished up just in time to watch the sun set. What a wonderful day :)