|Lady, get to a point already or we will be here all night|
|The many faces of Fawkes|
Over fences is where the inconsistency is still getting us. Sunday he jumped everything but was spooking and bucking. Today he seemed a lot more relaxed but had two stops. We were working on a really simple exercise: 5 stride line on one side and single fence on the other side.
We warmed up over the single fence one way fine, when we turned around to go the other way he stopped in front of it the first time. Then daintily stepped over (it was a tiny cross rail). Next time around jumped it, but was definitely worried.
|Even Fawkes can take a bad picture|
By the end of the lesson we were able to get some lovely runs through the line, followed by the single vertical. R kept the entry into the line at a cross rail and the other two fences were about 2'3" (Side note, I just write down the heights so I can look back and see what we were working on. Realistically, we will spend most of our time schooling in the 2'3" to 2'9" range, a little higher if I decide to pursue the 3' hunters. I am not pushing for additional height right now).
We have also seen great improvements in being straight after the fence, something Fawkes and I have both found elusive historically. I am pretty proud of that, small though it seems. I just wish I could figure out what I need to do to make him a little less reactive the first time he sees a fence. Eventually he needs to be able to consistently jump a fence the first time he sees it. Or at least, that would be ideal!
|But mostly so handsome. I need to find an unwitting volunteer |
to help me with that mane.