Tuesday, 29 March 2016

How was your bank holiday?

What did you get up to?

We took full advantage of four days break away from work to enjoy the long weekend.

Friday:
Showjumping lesson!! These have been going so well recently - Louie is jumping around with a big smile on is face, loving life and taking on the challenges...even getting a little cocky at times!!

Since getting back onborad, we've gone back to basics. I've lost more fitness than I thought, so I've been given lots of homework to work on my jumping position while just riding out. We've also been continuing to make sure that Louie has a consistent & rhythmical approach to fences, and jumps with good technique.

This week, we practised tighter turns, dog legs and one stride doubles, as well as the usual oxers, uprights and fillers.

We've been keeping is small to avoid having more to think about, but it's clear Louie needs more to jump over to improve, so I'm really excited about our next lesson!!



Monday, 21 March 2016

A Successful Day at the Dressage!

After being back onboard for just over a month, I decided to get Louie back out & about, and entered a local dressage competition. Louie has been coming on really well lately, especially in his canterwork! So I decided to have a go at our first ever prelim, along with an Intro to warm up to!

The day before we went on a lovely two hour hack with another livery - a great way to take his mind away from schooling & relax together. When we got back I knew I'd got all my cleaning to do!! However, Louie really has grown up, standing like a soldier to have his legs & tail washed, and falling asleep while I plaited and bandaged him! He wasn't too impressed when he had to have his lycra hood on though...I was worried he'd have shaken all his plaits out by morning!

Next morning, I was pleased to find all my plaits in place and no green stable stains - the day had started well! After a quick brush, we were ready to go!

Louie's plaits all still neatly in a row!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Fantastic Dressage Lesson!



The last time Louie & I had a dressage lesson was the first week of December... That seems A LONG time ago!!

So this Monday gone (7th March), I was really looking forward to getting back on track with our training, with a dressage lesson with Cathy Burrell. Louie has felt really strong, supple & is really enjoying his work since I've started riding after my ankle, so I was looking forward to taking that and developing forward.