We have been riding indoors, of course, it is truely Winter in Indiana...complete with snow, ice, and cold temps. I do have to say we are miles ahead of where we were last year, as far as riding in the indoor. It may take part of my ride, but we always get the forward I am aiming for by the end of our ride. Riva is so much better at focusing on me this year - she rarely pulls faces at the other horses working at the same time. I set the tempo and do not back down until I get it - sometimes it takes changing it up by circling, leg yielding, etc - but we get there.
I have been spending one ride a week working with ground poles and just slightly raised caveletti. Normally this happens on Friday evenings, as I tend to be the only person riding on those nights. Last Friday, we cantered a ground pole for the first time! While not exciting to anyone but me...it was exciting to me :) Riva took it in stride, without trying to jump it, which amazed me. The ground poles give us both something different to think about.
Every ride, we work on canter and again, we are miles ahead of last year at this time. I now feel very confident cantering in traffic - we have steering and brakes. Right lead is coming along nicely...left needs much work. Thankfully, I have a lesson coming up this Saturday with JC - last one was Dec. 22nd.
I got new tall boots! My sweet generous husband used his Christmas bonus to buy me new riding boots. After 3 trips to try on various styles and brands, I purchased Mountain Horse boots (Venice is the style, field boots) at the end of December...spent 2 agonizing weeks breaking them in, only to have to return them last Saturday. The elastic at the top of the right boot split. I am waiting to hear from the store where they were bought if the company wants to repair them or exchange for a new pair. Not looking forward to another breaking in phase if that is the choice.
Show at Training Level - schooling shows only
Each show - enter a minimum of two tests with scores in the 60's
Qualify for and compete at IDS championships in the Fall
First show will most likely be mid-April at the Heartland Show in Edinburgh. Any fellow bloggers planning on attending that one? It is not just for DQ's...it has Combined Training, Hunter/Jumper, even Contesting!