Big Stretches

You know that post-show hangover? Yeah, that was Monday for me. So tired. So sore. Ded.

But then Tuesday dawned with that most wondrous of feelings: Second Day Sore. SDS. I was a decrepit little hobbit around the office all day, and I know my lesson that afternoon would be dicey.

Luckily, the the no-stirrup work and gymnastics we did actually stretched me out and helped my muscles recover that much faster- score!

Our private lessons have come to an end due to scheduling conflicts, so I’m getting back into the zone of semi-privates once more. Our flatwork was nothing crazy- lots of extensions and collections within gaits, making sure we got a prompt response to my cues and were controlling that shoulder around our turns (both his AND mine).

Frankie felt really great! Forward, working over his back as he warmed up, balanced. I think the rest day and the slightly warmer temperatures put him in his happy place because he was really a pleasure to ride (I mean….he always is….but yeah he was great).

We kept the exercises fairly straightforward for the jumping phase. For a while we just worked through a simple grid: trot in crossrail-one stride-vertical-one stride-oxer. It never got very high and it was more to allow me to focus on my own position through the exercise. Then we did a little gymnastic-y type course:

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So gymnastic up the long side, cut across the middle, up the bending line red to skinny in a straightforward 4, down the one stride combo, then up the oxer to barrel bending out in 4 or 5.

My goal through the gymnastic was to stay still with my shoulders, keep my leg on while staying in a light seat, and focus on straightness through my entire body all the way through. Over the middle jump 2, we sliced it a little bit and then tried to hug jump 1A to give us plenty of space to make the turn to 3. The 4 stride was very steady- neither forward nor holding- and Frankie locked onto the skinny early on so no problems there. We had to cowboy up out of the corner a bit for the one stride, then balance around for the last bending line. The first two times we galloped out in four strides, then went back and shaped and held for the five.

Overall nothing crazy! The jumps stayed low and none of the striding was tricky. Much more focus on my own equitation and playing with our tracks to see how different tracks affect our overall course. It was honestly pretty relaxing! Happy horse, straightforward exercises, stretching my tired muscles and his.

We’ll have one more lesson next week before the barn heads down to Florida, then we’ll be on a mini-vacation. Trainer mentioned that she maaaaay get someone to come teach while she’s gone, so we’ll see if our flatwork sessions will have a lesson thrown in there. As much as I wish I could go down the Florida with them, it will be nice to have a quieter ring to work in- it’s tough to do as much lateral work and pole work as I’d like with all the lesson kids sharing the indoor this time of year.

The outdoor ring is currently under expansion and should be GORGEOUS with brand new footing later in the spring- I really can’t wait for the weather to turn so we can ride outside more!!! Also so I can consistently feel my toes and not feel like a marshmallow in 10,000 layers. But also to ride outside.

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8 thoughts on “Big Stretches

  1. KateRose 02/03/2017 / 11:09 am

    SDS is no joke! Arnica cream really helps me. Sounds like your outdoor ring will be fabulous!!

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    • hellomylivia 02/03/2017 / 12:05 pm

      Oh man I’m gonna need a couple tubes of that to get through show season! And yesssss so excited for the new and improved outdoor πŸ™‚

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  2. Stacie Seidman 02/03/2017 / 4:34 pm

    Funny you mention second day soreness… I had a lesson Wednesday night on a new to me horse in a much different saddle than I’m used to (Horse has his own). I wasn’t sore afterwards, or even much at all yesterday morning. But today? Today my thighs are killing me! We’ll see how tonight’s lesson goes… Hopefully I have the same experience as you!

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    • hellomylivia 02/06/2017 / 10:19 am

      Changing saddles did the same thing to me, totally killed my thighs!!! Fingers crossed the second lesson loosened you up πŸ™‚

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  3. Tracy - Fly On Over 02/06/2017 / 11:36 am

    I’m about done with winter, lol. IS IT SPRING YET?!

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    • hellomylivia 02/10/2017 / 8:45 am

      Agreed. You should probs just move to VA and ride with me here πŸ˜‰

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