July was full of training, it started with a lesson at my trainers place in Burnley. I’ve been training with Jessica Dunn since the start of the year but on this lesson Jess had a sit on Cartier. All I can say is wow, she gave me some very important homework to work on. She couldn’t believe how behind the leg she is and how little respect she has of the aids, this is why I’m struggling so much with lateral work. After Jess riding her I got back on and she felt a lot better. We decided I need to be a lot more strict in my riding and I need to also focus on straightness as she’s quite crooked. Here’s a picture of the difference in us both since training with Jess…
That week I went to a competition and did a novice hoping to get my last petplan score. We had a few mistakes but she felt and went amazing, slight jogging in the walk which is always our weak point. When the scores came out I was over the moon, I’d come a very close 2nd place, if we didn’t have the mess up in the walk we’d have won but nevertheless was so happy.
After a few days of light work for Cartier, I started working on the straightness again and getting her in front of my leg, she’s been working amazing at home and my mediums are really improving in the trot work. I went to Shaw Farm Equestrian in Todmorden at the end of the month for a lesson with Jess, it was good and we both worked hard, but when I watched the video back I realised when I was warming in Cartier was working at 2 mph, I really need to be quicker with feeling when she isn’t going forward.
To start of August we went and did a novice class at Birtle, what I thought was an awful test with no connection and poor riding from myself was actually 71% plus and won my section, I came 2nd overall too so really pleased but annoyed at myself for not riding as good as I could. Here’s my little winner below 🙂