I was a little nervous after that, so we went back to the cross rail that was our warm up fence. We trotted it a few times, then cantered it a few times. My trainer told me to lean back, repeating it several times as I approached the jump. Even though it felt like I was leaning way back, I think I was actually just in the correct spot. I felt very balanced, and could actually let Cupid lift me out of the saddle as he jumped.
Then we went back and did the entire course we had been working on, which was the cross rail and six strides down to a vertical, then go around the end of the arena and jump the brush box on the diagonal, then go around the opposite end in a figure down the other diagonal to the barrel oxer. We did the course twice through, and it felt really good! Cupid is very responsive, he just needs me to ride correctly!
Earlier in the lesson we did some canter work, and tried to see if I could get him to do a flying lead change. We did not get it. My trainer may ride him and work with him on it, I think he will figure it out pretty quick with someone more experienced guiding him.
After a nice dry period the paddocks have almost gotten dry, but it is raining again today. :/
|In his cozy fleece blanket, enjoying his grain|
|Feeding him apples is a messy experience!|