Fitness wise managed to get out to do some hill work including gallops and
long canters with lead changes.
For the jumping he was staying forward into the jumps including some short
approaches on my arena. Not too many of his little time warps in front of
the jump (to the uninitiated that means just a jump to the left and a step
to the right, most disconcerting to ride). Had a lesson last Wednesday
evening which started out nice and forward. I’m used to seeing the ground
come closer when landing after the jump, but I knew something was wrong when
I could clearly make out the grains of sand on the arena. Unfortunately he
took a long stride to the oxer at one stage and collected the rear element.
Abrupt end to the lesson, and Occy managed to get a few days off for
recovery. Doesn’t seem to have done any major damage apart from some
bruising on his shoulder and some bark off same where he landed.
I’ll give him some flat work on Sunday and see how he goes for that. Another
treatment Monday night, and hopefully I will get the go-ahead to jump him in
preparation for a horse trials the weekend after. Here is hoping.
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