We had a full day (18 riders) of lessons with Stephen Bradley. And the awesome weather drew out a bunch of auditors (remember that auditing is FREE!), which was fun. As an added bonus, some of these auditors stepped in as jump crew. Yay!
|Glenda and super stallion PL Diamond Hill.
(Photo courtesy of Playland Farm).
Lissell was ready to GO the minute we stepped in the ring. I was honestly surprised because she was practically falling asleep in the cross ties. But she could have been in a Back on Track zen. In any case, she was great, just great. We worked on regulating her stride, to and away from the fences. Lissell has this sneaky little habit of slyly lengthening her stride to the fences. She doesn't bolt at them, so in a way, she's being as polite as she can, while at the same time blowing me off. But what can you expect ... she's a thoroughbred mare with a lot of miles under her belt. We also worked on keeping her hind legs active through the turns (a definite theme that I've been hearing from all of my instructors over the past month). And the last big lesson for the day was me holding her out in the turns with my inside leg so she doesn't fall in. I think the only time we made Stephen laugh was when Lissell did the 3-stride bending line to a skinny in a direct 2 strides. Ooopsie!
Later in the day, Kelley had an awesome flat lesson on Bomber, complete with a few flying changes. I always forget how good Stephen is as a dressage instructor, so it's nice to be reminded of that. Kelley heads down to Southern Pines II next week, and then back down to The Fork for the Advanced move up. Yay Kelley!
|Alison, Kari and Kelley waiting for instruction.
The last lesson featured my favorite appaloosa, Moosetracks and good friend Holly. ABBF'er Katie Cummings also joined this lesson on her new horse Ringo. They both did great! Can't wait to see these pairs out competing this spring/summer.
Last note of the day. Dr Scullin came out to check on Lissell's ankles. She's had some swelling in them for the past few weeks, and keeps banging them into something (hay feeder maybe??). But she is older and arthritis is probably likely as well. So we flexed her, and let's just say I never want to do that again! So long story short, we decided to give her a shot of Legend and see what that gets us. Oh yea ... this is Lissell's first Legend ... ever. I think we should get Lissell a cape and re-name her Wonder Woman!
Until next time ...