My round started off ok, 1, 2, 3 were good, then you rolled back to 4, and despite my conservative turn, Sunny had a HUGE slip just a couple strides before 4, totally lost her back end. But I steadied her and we jumped it as best we could, rubbing it hard but it didn't come down. A few strides after there was a one stride combination of tall verticals going uphill, and it was messy. From the photos it looks like Sunny's hinds slipped on takeoff, and she nailed the top rail of the first vertical. I clucked and Sunny scrambled to cover the distance, and I was laying somewhere way up her neck near her ears at this point, definitely not where I should've been, and she amazingly jumped the second vertical anyways, knocking it, and I lost both stirrups in the process. I took a very large turn to our next jump, I knew we needed time to regroup and get my stirrups back, and we made it through the rest of the course with a couple minor slips, but no other major problems. The triple combination was a bit rough, but Sunny was jumping with all her might to make it through there for me! So despite our one messy combination, I was pretty happy with how it went otherwise, ending with just 2 rails down and no time faults. The liverpool, which came right after the messy combination. I had JUST got my stirrups back a stride or two before the jump, so I wasn't being picky about WHERE we jumped it, as long as we made it over!!
The triple bar, from 2 different angles... A couple pics though the triple combination... Over the last fence!
So moving forward. Homework for the winter. Bending, moving off the leg, lateral work, just everything dressagey in general. Improvement there will all translate to our over fences work. Me being more correct in my body position, my stupid LEG that is always doing funky things over fences, I hate it, body control, and being more consistent with my outside aids. Expecting more from Sunny. We are old enough to not have tantrums all the time. She's a big girl now. That's hard for me because she was my project for so long and I just kind of expect her to be bad, instead of expecting her to be GOOD. She CAN do all this stuff, I just have to EXPECT and INSIST that she does. We'll actually be able to jump over the winter so that will help immensely as well.
For next season, we'll be trying to rock the shit out of every Prelim event!! Possibly Rebecca Farms, possibly a 1 star! Don't want to say that out loud too much, that will depend on a LOT of things. But ultimately working towards doing the Intermediate next September, if everything works out like it should. So crazy, that I'd ever be TALKING about possibly doing Intermediate!! This little horse has done so much more than I ever imagined she would, she's amazing. The bigger the jumps get, the better she jumps. It's so crazy. ♥♥♥
So those are the plans. We definitely made some awesome progress this year, had some awesome events and clinics, but always moving forward, always trying to get better!! We'll be back and better than ever next spring, I'm sure of it:)
Sunny gets her remaining 3 shoes pulled in a couple days, and will get a couple weeks of a well deserved rest!! She has definitely jumped her heart out for me this year!! ♥♥♥