Jump Course (Can you tell I drew it?)
In case you can't follow my fantastic drawing, you start with a left hand turn from one to two. Then a tight right turn back to three. Three to four was a five or six stride bending line, with another tight turn back to 5a. It was then two strides to 5b, with a left turn to six. Six to seven was a fairly nice line with a right turn back to eight. Eight was a bending right line with another right turn to ten.
After warm up S had us start with the tricky part of the course. First we rode the bending line from three to four. Then we added in the turn to the combination. I am not going to lie that combo was a little scary. It looked big and I asked how big it was. I was kind of hoping by asking S would lower it, but no such luck. She said it was slightly bigger than beginner novice (gulp).
Such a cute face!
The first time, I totally screwed up the turn into 5a and was too far to the right and we weren't straight in the combo. He thought about bailing on 5b, but I gave him a tap with the whip and he went for it. It was pretty ugly and I felt bad for the terrible line up. The next time, I got the line right and we nailed the combo.
We took a break and I "walked" the course. AKA I rode Pongo around and looked at the lines and hoped I knew where I was going. The whole thing rode really well, but we did have a couple of issues. One, coming into the combination Pongo was getting behind the leg a bit, so I gave him a cluck and a tap which resulted in a launch at 5a. Then 5b was a little awkward and he pulled a rail. Six and seven rode really well. He got a little fast to eight, but it wasn't bad. Between eight and nine Pongo decided that half halts were optional and we totally took a flyer. I got serious with the half halt and got him back for ten.
No new media, but he is still cute.
I was really pleased with him (shocker I know...I love this horse). Sure we had that rail, but that was totally my fault, I shouldn't have given him the tap going into the combo. I think the cluck would have been sufficient. I thought the course was really fun although some of the girls at the show were terrified by it. Maybe I don't know enough to know what I should be scared of...either was it was fun.