McDonogh Winter Classic Video

It’s weirdly smushed, the quality is potato-like at best, but we have actual media of our classic round! One of the dads very kindly filmed us going in for our second round of the day.

A couple rough spots that I’d like to smooth out, but I think the pieces are coming together. I need to keep supporting with my leg across the jumps (and STOP JUMPING AHEAD YA DINGUS), and we need to figure out a bit setup that gives us a more nuanced connection. I was so happy with how Frankie pressed through the combos, how he balanced through the turns, and how dang easy the height felt to him. He basically cantered over the whole course. That definitely makes me feel more comfortable about trying to move up- 1.10m is clearly just a speed bump to him at this point. It’s me much more than him that’s causing any problems hahahahahaithurtsbecauseitstrue. He definitely gave me everything I asked for, so now I need to remember to ask the right things at the right time.

As always- it’s far from perfect, but it’s an encouraging step forward together! Love love love this big leggy goofy guy for packing my butt around.

12 thoughts on “McDonogh Winter Classic Video

  1. Britt 01/31/2018 / 9:48 am

    Wow, you guys really look great. He is definitely nonchalant about that height!


  2. roamingridersite 01/31/2018 / 10:28 am

    He makes that height look like it is no big deal. Moving up is in your grasp!


    • hellomylivia 01/31/2018 / 10:51 am

      He’s come a long way, I was so happy to feel how chill he was about the height!


  3. Tracy - The Printable Pony 01/31/2018 / 10:30 am

    Yah, he DGAF about that height, LOL. But I can definitely see the moments you’re talking about with the bit — sometimes it works fine, but then sometimes you kinda have to “argue” a little bit with him. It’s not even really an argument, more like a “HEY. Yo. Really, you gotta listen to my hands, mkay?” lol


    • hellomylivia 01/31/2018 / 10:52 am

      That’s exactly what happened- he wasn’t trying to actually GO anywhere, he was just pretty sure he didn’t have to listen to me haha. Weirdly enough, adding leg helped focus him IMMENSELY (I can feel my trainer rolling my eyes from here)


  4. Liz 01/31/2018 / 2:14 pm

    Gah, he makes it look like it’s nothing! You both do. What a lovely round.


    • hellomylivia 01/31/2018 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks girl!!! He’s the best pony ever, I’m obsessed


  5. Stacie Seidman 02/01/2018 / 12:13 pm

    It’s so funny because the jumps look pretty tall until Frankie is actually just cantering over them. he’s so tall, and so capable, they look like nothing.
    Great ride out there! You two have come so far so fast!


    • hellomylivia 02/01/2018 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you!! Haha he’s gotten a lot more casual about the height these days


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