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Sunday, 25 September 2016

August & September Round Up

So, it's been a busy few months, with a hectic summer work schedule, lots going on outside of work, as well as lots of fun with Louie!! So much, we've missed out updating our blog...

We had a great start to getting back to it after I came back from holiday at the end of July, and this continued into August. We started the month with a great showjumping lesson - getting back into the rhythm and jumping round a course. It was a great lesson, and Louie loved to be back working and doing some jumping again! After the lesson, we headed home to enjoy watching the first day of the Olympics & the Eventing Dressage...

The next weekend, we went to a local venue for some showjumping classes, just keeping it small as there was a lot to look at and Louie & I are still finding our confidence with seeing new things. Louie was VERY green in the first class with a few babyish moments, but came back in to jump everything clear. I was pleased how well he came back in and took much more confidence from me and jumped everything.

Next we had a flat lesson with Cathy, which went very well. We worked on getting Louie more supply to the outside, especially on the right rein, using some bend exercises to the outside and on circles to be able to bend in, out or ride straight very easily. We were given our homework for the next month with a few exercises to continue to work on.

In August we also went out and about to a couple of local showjumping classes, all of which Louie went well in and jumped clear in most, just knocking a skinny pole in one, but we're not quite ready to start jumping quick jump offs!!

Louie worked hard in August, so over the bank holiday while my parents were here & we enjoyed a weekend together, Louie enjoyed a week off. In typical Louie fashion, he was bored after a few days and being cheeky, he was ready for work after they'd left!

Onto September, and we'd got our first ODE planned. This was a local, low key, members only riding club competition. Perfect for us - we'd only been XC schooling once, hadn't done a dressage test since the start of July, and showjumping is still developing over new obstacles and in new places! We needn't have worried, Louie was a pro! Find out how we got on here!

We've also had a flat lesson - we'd worked hard on our homework and were keen to show the improvements. We did, but we'd worked so hard on the outside flexion, that our inside bend has suffered a little - so that is this morning homework; making Louie supply on both bends across both reins!

With the nights starting to draw in, we've done a lot of hacking in September, beginning to take Louie out on his own to make sure that come the winter, he's not lacking confidence on his own. He's not! & it's given us some great photos!

Our final lesson with our showjumping coach (due to maternity) was also in September. Louie was VERY keen, and made standard distances look too easy, and kept making the last stride a half. This is something fairly new for us, so we worked on four stride distances to improve our rhythm between fences. We also started jumping full fillers in the jumps.

Looking back at us both, we've a real sense of achievement  - since March, we've worked really hard on our partnership and building trust together. Louie is now confident enough to take me to a fence and going on any stride, and I feel much more secure with him, knowing he is enjoying his job jumping the jumps!!

There's still a few more days of September left, but we're planning on a quiet few hacks and doing some more of our jump and flat homework.

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