After having a good handful of poles down at Carlton, Jimmy has found himself back in a normal martingale to try and give me a bit more control in the SJ when he is trying to run towards fences with his head in the air.
We have managed to get the jumping cracked at home, and after a very busy warm up for the show jumping it was soon our turn to go. Jimmy jumped so much better and we managed to keep almost every fence up. We managed to tap out the very upright fence at 5 but then carry on home clear. Much better than Carlton and along the lines of what we get at home. I think the martingale will be staying firmly in place.
On Sunday we headed over to Eland for another run in a BE90.
The main aim was to have a much better day than what we did at Carlton.
We didn't have early times as such, but they were very close together once we started to do anything. We walked the cross country as soon as we arrived. The course walked a lot friendlier than that of Carlton, as the first 5 were in a straight line going back towards the collecting ring. There was a lot of questions for a young horse, drop fences, banks, corners and a skinny fence. I must say it was nice to meet someone that reads my blogs, so Hello, and I hope you had a good day.
It was very warm at Eland and the horse flies were out in force. I did have my trusty fly spray with me, but even the power phase was struggling with the amount of unwanted guests, Jimmy warmed up well for his test and did a good test once in the arena. A bit of a baby wobble moment in his 2nd canter which allowed him to drop back to trot before he was meant to. However we were pleased with what we managed and came away with a 31.5 score.
As there was a lot of very low dressage scores in my section along with a lo of SJ Clears there really was no point in us galloping flat out cross country. So I had two aims.
1 - Get round.
2 - Make it better than Carlton.
Jimmy was pulling me into every single fence. he didn't look at a thing. He was as bold as brass and felt like he was totally loving it.
The moment that meant the most to me was that he cantered in to the water without even a second thought, after walking in to the water at Carlton I couldn't have been happier. He flew over all of the tough fences and gave the spooky one extra height. I couldn't have been happier. Below is a video that Mum took of our day. I hope you like it :)