So Rupert jumped for the first time since we went out with the Meynell, and our first lesson in what seemed like ages due to the awful weather and uni commitments.
We had 3 poles lined out on the centre line, but they were all on alternating angles. We started by trotting straight down the line, then by turning to create an almost-serepentine. No problem there for Rupert. Popped them into tiny fences and no problems, apart from him being a bit too keen. We put them up again so they were about 95cm/1m tall. Not the tidiest through the first time, but all the poles were still left up.
Then we noticed that one of the horses was half through the fencing with his legs either side. We called for him to be freed, so Rupert stood still and walked around for a few minutes. Upon said horse being freed, I got Rupert’s attention back and went to pop the fences as a mini course. Well, a 3 minute break was not okay in Rupert’s book. He started running out, dragging me into fences and bombing off after the fence.
Finally settled him down and went to jump down the centre line, meaning all 3 of the fences were on angles. First time through was rather awkward as I had to trot in to it most of the way as cantering would have ended up quite out of control! However, this meant the striding was a bit difficult and he had to use his brain, but he left all the fences up.
The next time around, Rupert got overly confident and was a bit keen to the first fence.
This left his little brain struggling to decide whether to go long or pop a little stride in. This resulted in a very awkward jump which unbalanced us both and me losing my stirrups.
Rupert then very kindly decided to run out at the last second and bolt off. Not the most ideal situation to be in and came very, very close to hitting the deck!
I really struggled to settle him down again, meaning I was left complaining about how empty my bank account is thanks to him and he couldn’t even bring himself to pop a little 90cm fence sensibly!
Taking whatever positive I could get from that lesson: his trot is looking rather fabulous!
Fingers crossed he’ll school better this evening, otherwise he’ll be in a lot of trouble!