|Impressed with the folded Liverpool back in April|
|Actual footage of Soon approaching the Liverpool|
There was some minor drama with some quick, borderline dirty stops. Soon actually got me off when he stopped dirty (after he had already jumped it!!), but I just jumped off and landed on my feet, no big deal. At one point I was having to canter down to it one-handed, driving him forward, with my free hand ready to hit him with the bat at the slightest twitch. Stephen was incredibly patient and took his time. We got Soonie over it each direction, at different heights, and he got to the point where he rode pretty normally to it. We did broken lines to/from it and he didn't use that as an excuse to be silly. The rest of the lesson was great - Bubba was jumping well, soft, and our new approach of soft hand and supporting leg to the jumps to assist with distances is still working beautifully. I was disappointed to have such a meltdown over the Liverpool, but I'm glad Stephen was there. He said "it was a discussion that needed to happen, and maybe from time to time you need to have that discussion with him, so that he knows to stay in front of your leg and just go." Fair enough.
In other news..
This past Thursday we went to a nearby, beautiful private farm for our second lesson with dressage guru, Linda Zang.
|Yep that's Linda Zang in the USDF Hall of Fame|
We got to some lovely places and he was soft, light, and felt much more through. Linda was very complimentary, and once again I go home with some easy exercises to replicate what she taught me. Once again, some of the greatest horsemen are great because they know how to keep things simple. I will never fail to be amazed and how well horses and riders transform and improve with a session with Linda. I can't wait to ride with her again!