Over the passed week Abbey’s not shown any signs of being ‘poorly’ and the lump has continued to decrease in size so yesterday we went for a jumping lesson with a new teacher.
Abbey loaded but was trembling from the moment she got on the box. Not sure why – perhaps I was tense or anxious or perhaps she was just in one of those moods.
It was no surprise that when we got there Abbey was rather wound up.
She was tense as we warmed up and the teacher advised that I let her have a good look and give her the time to see everything. She also said to concentrate on forward rather than round.
We’re still struggling with bend on the left rein and this teachers advice was to give more with my outside rein while opening the inside hand and using my inside leg. It worked and the canter on that rein improved as a result.
We didn’t have one refusal but we did have some hestitations. When I get these the RI suggested opening both hands to channel Abbey towards the fence.
We also worked on keeping my shoulders up going into a fence and keeping my reins (I often let them slip) as I ride a course.
The take home message was to work on maintaining the rythym all the way to the fence, not letting Abbey rush or firing her into fences.