For obvious reasons I am choosing to do this on Poppy vs Baby L. When I am on a course where there is a long distance between jumps I will get up in a 2 point and gallop. And Poppy LOVES this. Do you see where this is going? 2 point = gallop so my goal in the challenge will be to do it for as long as we can stay under control and hopefully continue to get better. I chose do get my baseline at the canter. She actually stayed really quiet and cantered around like a hunter princess. Toward the end she picked up the pace a bit but I was tired anyway.
This number shocked me. My baseline was 2:05 last year on Tank and last night felt like the same amount of time. So now I'm worried I came out of the gate to fast and I will never improve on that lol!
After 2 point torture I did some little jumps with Poppy. I don't know what was wrong with me but I couldn't find a distance to a 2'3 cross rail to save my life. Like so ugly that one time Poppy hunched her back on landing and threatened to buck like "woman get your shit together!" I found my hole basically. I was trying to keep her quiet for the 2 point and was obviously not getting the correct pace as I switched over to jumping. HA!!! Guess what I will be working on this week!!! Jumping little stuff is hard in my opinion because you can easily get sucked into no pace. When the jumps go up I have a easier time finding a good rhythm. Soooo I think my exercise this week will be to incorporate some small jumps into my hacking.