The lesson was very useful – she commented on our contact issues and said they were easily dealt with by using far more inside leg to push him into the outside contact from behind. She also suggested more leg yield, shoulder in and flexing his head to the outside, then straight and then inside to loosen up the neck. These are all things we have started to introduce via Aimee so I know we are on the right track. For out jumping she said, like her younger horse at the demo, to concentrate on keeping the rhythm the same, not to chase and to allow for an extra stride before the jump. She said to sit up more towards the jump to slow the pace rather than using the rein which causes a fight. We had our session recorded using the fantastic video facilities at Rockrose which worked via sensor in a wristband we each wore. I’ll upload the footage when I get it.
Feeling very prepared, we then headed off to the BS amateur show at SNEC to put everything into practice. It turns out that sitting up isn’t quite enough to slow C down within a competition environment so we had two poles in our 85 class. The second half of the round felt more relaxed though so that’s a positive. Our 95 round started well, nice and relaxed but then rider error occurred – I missed a jump out so that was that! Maybe I tried to do too much in one weekend. C didn’t know though and seemed pleased with himself – especially after being rewarded with some mints in the lorry.