what a great week of lessons. two dressage, and one jumping/xc. auto is showing more ability (er, willingness) to pick up the left lead canter, and he’s becoming more adjustable in the gait. hooray!
we had a ton of fun schooling the new xc jumps at MEC (the barn where i board/ride). since i ride very early in the morning, and rush to get to work, i don’t have time to take pics. i will take some this weekend. how boring is a blog without pics!?!
dare i commit to the schooling show in two weeks? lisa thinks it’s a no-brainer. i am a little more (ok, a LOT more) cautious than she is when it comes to our ability to perform an obedient dressage test or show jump a rushy horse in front of a judge and spectators. so, i’ve been on the fence (har! see what i did there?) about sending in my entry. but, auto’s been pretty good and predictable lately, so i’m warming up to the idea.
show or not, i do need a new bit for jumping (especially on xc)–one that offers a bit more oomph to my rein aid. i’m pretty settled on the mouthpiece: either double-jointed snaffle with lozenge or waterford (he works nicely in both). but i’m not sure if i want beval, universal, or dutch gag cheeks. any of you guys have experience with those types of cheeks, or with the neue schule bits? i know bitting can be a contentious subject, so please be kind, but i’m also interested in feedback!