I have to say I’m just having so much fun jumping Maestro. We have plenty to work on but I love that feeling of heading to a jump and the horse you are on is just loving what he’s doing right with you. I posted this on my Instagram but for those of you that haven’t seen it there here is a video of Maestro and I doing a course about a week and a half ago.
Here’s is a comparison video of our first jump ever together when I went and tried him.
Then about a week ago Maestro’s old owner tagged me in a baby picture and omg the cute!
I also put to use my second new Ogilvy saddle pad that I bought last year. I think it’s my favorite.
I rode Maestro bareback last week and had such a blast. I had gotten on him bareback to walk around once right after I bought him and we were waiting for his front shoes to get put back on but this time we did full flatwork. Definitely going to add more bareback rides into our schedule, this guy is so comfy!
Last week I was also out of town for several days for a work training in Kalamazoo, Michigan so I didn’t get to see Maestro Wednesday or Thursday. I did however get to meet Sarah from Draft Mare for a nice chat and amazing dinner at Hop Cat. I had never been to a Hop Cat before and the food was so good! Crack fries are their thing and they are tasty!
Friday I had planned to ride but instead came home to a water trough with ice and a frozen hose so barn chores for the chestnut boys took priority over riding. I did find time to make a quick stop out to see Maestro though and take a selfie after picking his feet and feeding him some cookies.
I had another jumping lesson this past Saturday and Maestro was extra soft for our hunter course and many of our lead changes were improved. We decided to try out an equitation course and that also went pretty well. Better yet I had changed out his bit on a hunch that the bit we had previously needed had now become too much and I was correct because he was much more willing to move forward. I don’t think I’ve found “his” bit yet but I think we are narrowing things down a little more. It’s crazy how fast things change when you are in the early period of a relationship with a new horse!
There is a Mark Leone clinic at the barn this weekend so I’m looking forward to doing some spectating and hanging out with barn friends. I participated in this clinic with Stampede twice and it was a great experience. I considered doing the clinic this year but I just don’t feel like we are prepared for some of the questions that will be asked. I’m sure we could do it but I think we are better off learning those things in regular lessons and then finessing them in a clinic at a later date. Do you do clinics to work on new concepts or to confirm/improve on what you and your horse already know?