We finally made it out to see P for a jump lesson last saturday...I have been eager to see her and thank her for all our past lessons that have set us up so well lately. Thanks to her, I am able to confidently jump Tillie...not an easy thing to feel just a few short months ago.
I don't have much to say about this lesson since it was a fairly large group of riders, so actual ride time was brief. BUT because Tillie did so well, short and sweet sometimes is just the way to be :)
There are some small things watching the video I know we will need to iron out (like the lead change thing) but all in all I am super excited and pleased with how well we are managing to stay in tune to each other. P had set some fun "different" jumps. 1 being a triple bar oxer which none of the horses even blinked at - but holy cow did all of them jump it so well!
The other was a line of two skinnies...which Tillie tends to tense up when she sees. I was really impressed with her this lesson because she did tense a bit questioning whether or not she knew how to jump over something so narrow, but with a small squeeze she picked herself up and went on through.
Here is the footage:
I still notice I am getting ahead with my upper body which makes for the not so great jump on Tillie's part, so my homework is to wait on my shoulders and hold my release longer on landings. (AND get the damn lead).
All in all I am feeling confident and hope that going to Rolex wont mean a set back from lack of time in the saddle.