After a hectic start to the beginning of the month, I took it a bit easy. During this time I have worked on techniques and it has released time in B’s training schedule for Kitty and my mum to do some riding. They have both enjoyed the experience with Mum starting to feel more secure and Kitty rebuilding her confidence and finally yesterday cantering B round the small arena.
With lots of school activities leading up to the Christmas holidays, it has been hard to keep on top of my riding as well. We finished school on Thursday and this means that I now have time to really dig in and get back to the training schedule.
Declan has pushed the bar up literally and in training, I am now jumping nearly 1-meter jumps, which of course B clears easily. I had hoped to jump at EEC tomorrow but B has had to have some injections in her hock due to some stiffness so she will need a few days of quiet to recover.
Now that I have been riding for nearly 6 months there is no excuse for not getting it all right. I am literally doing exercises for hours at a time to just get one small move right. Both B and I find this very frustrating and sometimes I think Declan has a hard time from me because of my frustration that I simply cannot get something simple right.
Luckily Declan doesn’t give up on me and even when I am being really horrible he gets me through the tough times and ensures that I come out doing what I need to.
some videos of the past few lessons
Today I get to add my thoughts to Mikey’s blog page, but before that, I wanted to share this picture. The lovley Nada who owns the stables that B is at, sent it to me – what do you think? I absolutely love it.
We have barely recovered from last weeks training with Marcus Wenz and then we had training this week with Charmaine who used to teach regularly at #Dujumping.
This week has been fun and mad all at once, Mikey and Kitty both had lessons with the “Amazing Charmaine” who was over from Melbourne to deliver some “master classes”. Mikey benefitted from the input on his positioning and he really enjoyed Charmaine’s excellent teaching skills as she drilled him to sit better. Charmaine was amazed by the short time that Mikey has been riding and stressed the importance of repetitive exercises to get it all right now. Her lessons were a welcome boost after the hard work with Declan when Mikey was literally in tears trying to get it all right.
He has been so committed and dedicated to learning and trying I am so proud of his achievements to date. Horse riding is hard and there is no easy route to success. All I ever want for the kids is they give everything they try their best shot and above all, they enjoy the experience – “You only ever get out, what you put in” was an expression my Dad used often and it is so true.
Kitty is slowly regaining her confidence in the saddle, and has also had some lessons with Charmaine this week which was lovely to see her finding it possible to trust B. We are very lucky that B is particularly caring and always has one ear on her riders commands. It is going to take time for Kitty to improve, but she can take as long as she wants and at least the last few days show that she will do it when she is ready. There is no point pushing and forcing her – she must want it as well or it simply will not happen.
Outside horses we fitted in the School Christmas Fair, and a trip to the mall to see #Krisvade and we enjoyed being part of snowglobe experience at Robinsons. Christmas tree purchased and we even managed to get party invitations made for Kittys 12th birthday party. Of course not forgetting the usual mountain of homework!
The plan is to be a little quieter this week. B’s old owner Kirsten is going to come and see B so we are very much looking forward to meeting her. We have a long weekend coming up and I think we are all looking forward to 4 days with no school routine to fit in.
Mum signing off x
Well, this week will be a challenge. Dujumping are hosting Marcus Wenz on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have an hour a day of individual tuition and training with him.
Marcus is a pretty big deal in the showjumping world and has worked with top teams including being the national trainer for Luxembourg and Belarus. I felt a little nervous as I have been riding for such a short time I thought I might just not be good enough for him to even start helping me. When I met him I realised how nice he was and he soon put me at ease as we started to put together some jumps to train over.
We soon got started and he was very structured, ensuring I had better control, stopping and riding more accurately. It was really great fun and I can’t wait to do some more today.
Here is a small clip of the end of the training session.