With the jumping he's good as long as I'm good. Some days I let my anxiety get the better of me, and we had a run out when I got scared of a jump over barrels. We ended up taking the middle barrel out and just trotting through it a few times as I didn't feel confident enough to try again, and jumped some crossrails. But the next day we did the barrels - the trainer put up "bumper lanes" (aka wings) which helped me feel more confident. Cupid doesn't need them but sometimes I do! We did a nice little course, trotting most but cantering a few of the jumps. Cupid still jumps a little green and I'm never sure if he's going to add a stride or take off early, or jump huge but mostly I just try to stay out of his way.
We also worked on our dressage tests. I have them memorized, but will probably have someone call it at the show because I may forget with the nerves! The biggest things we have to work on are the trot-walk transition, which is still too abrupt, and me relaxing and sitting up when Cupid gets quick instead of leaning more forward like I tend to do. I also am still getting used to the longer stirrups, it feels weird and like I can't even post up.
We've had a little heat wave. Luckily my lessons are in the morning, but even by 8 it has been 80 degrees! Due to the drought I've only been sponging Cupid off after I ride, but on Saturday I finally couldn't take it anymore, he was totally filthy so I gave him a good rinse with the hose. He looks so much better now plus I can get him ready quicker.
|The water is always cooler on the other side of the fence!|