Been a fairly quiet time competition wise. Did the Cockatoo Jump trials a couple of weekends ago, not very successfully but we did complete the course.
Had a flat lesson with my coach last Wednesday which went very well. There were several times throughout the lesson where Occy felt very straight and forward and even underneath me and between my hands. His lengthenings were really good, he just pushed on and out without rushing. Now to get that to carry though to competitions.
Our showjumping has been ok, with just the occasional rail coming down when he gets confused or starts looking at things he shouldn’t be, like what’s under the jump or what’s near the jump. He hasn’t quite figured out that he should be looking at ONLY the top rails of the jump. I think he think thinks too much. Same with cross-country jumps. Often you hear that Trakheners or other jumps with ditches underneath are riders bogey fences and the horses don’t really care about the stuff under the fence, but Occy cares. He likes to have a good look at the ditch or whatever before deciding to jump —- or not. Needs work that so I have picked out a spot to build a adjustable Trakhener at home.
Now that summer looks like it is finally here I have spent a lot of time riding the tractor to finish off the annual pre summer slashing around the tracks and also been down the back pulling out the ragwort in the bush. As it has been so wet I have also been pulling off the odd leech. Broke the leech record yesterday with 4 leeches in 2 hours.
This afternoon showjumping.
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