We started out warming up on the flat, and Jane gave me some great advice about getting him more stable in the contact. Namely: give him a contact to be stable in!! I hate the feeling of him bouncing around off the reins, so without thinking about it tend to ride a little longer to try to avoid the situation. Instead, Jane had me ride with a fairly short rein and good heavy feeling in my elbows but quiet hands to try to give him a stable place to go to. It was a similar message to what Kim had told me, but clearly I needed to hear it again!
After that, we started jumping!! Eeeee! We started out nice and easy over a trot in, canter out cross rail to cross rail:
After getting the feel for the line, we started cantering in and Jane made the cross rails a little bigger, then turned the second cross rail into a cross rail oxer:
At first the three strides in the line felt verrry long with Ky's shorter stride, so Jane encouraged me to try to open his stride a little but sitting lightly on his back and giving my hand forward. It worked a charm, and soon Ky was making the distance easily.
(Showing pretty good eq if I do say so myself over one of the warm up oxers!)
We did a second course with a little more technicality:
(Go pony!! Kate, keep that lower leg down!)