Jonathan Allinson Clinic

Yesterday we ventured out Stowmarket way for a clinic with Jonathan Allinson. I’ll admit I didn’t really know what to expect, but he was recommended to me by another livery (who was also going to the clinic) so I figured I’d go along and see how we got on.

The boy loaded beautifully, we’ve been playing the pressure release game the last few weeks after he had a little set back, so yesterday was wonderful to have him toodle straight up the ramp and start eating with no fuss.

The journey had a few set backs and we arrived a little late, but BJ was ready to spring into action!

A quick warm up and then we began, we mainly did some good work that challenged both BJ and myself and jumped a small rail at the end.

The entire time, as always, he had a fantastic attitude and really tried, even when he didnt understand what I was asking.

It made my day to have him complimented on his condition too, it’s a silly thing I know, but I’ve spent the last 6 months getting him fit and healthy ready to perform this year, so its fab when professionals notice and comment 😍

Anyways, all in all it was a great day, I definitely want to train with Jonathan again, but would prefer a longer slot, 30mins just wasnt enough for me, I felt we’d just got going when we had to stop.

So here’s yeserdays video, including BJ and Jonathan’s game of chicken! And my constant laughing!

Enjoy xoxo

Impromptu Cross Country

The sun was shining, the birds were tweeting, the sky was skying! A perfect day to go and play in the jump field, and casually mention to Hayley that there are also cross country jumps in the next field…

So here we go, an impromptu cross country training day!

Now, hands up…I’m not wearing a body protector or air jacket, slap my wrist. I own neither as I honestly didn’t think we’d be ready for this so quickly. So…pennies are being saved and I pinky promise I’ll get one before we next play over solid jumps.

So here’s today’s video, I hope you enjoy.

Thank you for watching xoxo

Brave Pants Engaged

Well, after seeing him jumping Wednesday and sharing pics that Hayley saw…there really was no other option for my lesson Thursday, I engaged my brave pants and we jumped! First time in 10 years for me….scary bananas!

I once again forced my GoPro on Hayley and we headed to the school.

Once again, I had so much fun with this awesome pony, and the most surprising thing for me, was how calm he was, we kept it nice a simple, heading towards the jumps in a calm trot and just letting them happen, and even as they got bigger, after the jump we could have a long rein and bumble round. I was worried he’d get over excited with them, but no, once again my lad was calm and sensible and we worked well together.

Please remember when watching the video that I’m massively out of practice, and far from confident when jumping, my biggest issue has always been jumping before the horse…this has not changed!

Now to progress slowly and learn to trust each other and not get in his way. I think I have a habit of slowing him too much so he’ll catch rails and fail to take off, but I guess I’d rather that then winding him up!

Once again, thank you for reading and watching the video, and I hope you’re enjoying our journey as much as I am.


PS. Yes, my left hand in rising trot is driving me mental too, no idea what it’s problem is at the moment!!

She’s not so boring afterall…

This weeks lesson was probably BJ’s favourite to date, he realised I’m not an amazingly dull mumma and he can do fun things. The poles came out and his ears pricked!

He had a little booboo on his nose so I removed his noseband as it would rest on the cut and I didn’t want him feeling uncomfortable.

We’ve spent the last 4ish months working on the basics and trying to create a nice foundation to go forward with. This was his first lesson in the new yard and there’s lots going on but he did so well, so we decided to take it a little further.

The sun was out, I was in just a t-shirt! and we set to work. His canter is coming along nicely, still our weakest gait, but he’s learning to slow down without trantering/collapsing into a heap. Lots of cantering while out hacking has really improved his work in the school and he’s finding his balance and rhythm easier to keep steady now.

After a little break Hayley got the poles out and he was instantly perkier, I think I bought a little showjumper without realising.

I think it’s been at least 10 years since I last did polework, which made it a lot of fun for me too, and I must admit, I’m now desperate to get jumping! We both think he may be a bit of speed demon when the jumps come out though, so we’ll take that nice and steady for my sake!

Here’s a little video from our lesson…

I do try and film most lessons, I like to watch back and see what I’m getting better at and how I need to improve.

This was the first week I forced the GoPro on Hayley and have to say I look the footage, I can clearly hear what she’s saying and see what I’m doing, it’s like having 3 lessons in one as I learn so much more for re-watching.

As always, the biggest things I need to work on are

  1. Lower leg position – always creeping forward…you’re riding a horse, not sitting in an armchair woman!
  2. My hands – stop bobbling them about, and keep the contact consistent, I too easily let the reins slip through and I must stop!

Things I’m happy with are

  1. My transitions – I feel we’re getting better every day with these, more consistent and uphill then they first were.
  2. Rhythm – he’s such a responsive pony and responds so well with the lightest aid, I’m much quicker at feeling when he’s speeding up and quickly half halt and bring him back to me.

This coming week I’l be working on keeping my lower leg back, hands still with a good contact and practising our canter, ready for our lesson Thursday when we’ll be attempting a trial run of our test next month.

Wish us luck!

once again, thanks for reading xoxo