I know Molly pretty well but had actually never ridden with her before, so I was a little nervous! But it was good to practice riding when I was a little more on edge, since I'll probably be a little nervous at our first shows of the season as well.
Molly had us warm up through a little gymnastic and a single vertical off a long approach. Sometimes, it went smoothly... And, sometimes, less so:
After warming up, we moved on to a little bending line exercise of three fences that could be jumped in 4 or 5 strides. My first trip through was a little ragged in the sense that I was just sort of kicking through and praying. Ky jumped well, but I didn't have a massive amount of control over what striding we were getting between the fences:
Molly stressed to me to be relaxed, get a good canter, jump the jump, and then 'do my homework' right away to get set up for the next jump so that I could relax again and let it flow by the time I actually got to the next vertical. In other words, if I wanted to do it in 5, I had to jump the jump, SIT UP AND WOAH, then ride relaxed and forward to the next fence. If I wanted to do it in 4, I had to jump the jump, leg him forward a little bit, then ride relaxed and forward to the next fence. And it really worked! Here was our tour to the right:
I was so pleased with Ky, who was totally foot perfect. Man, what a special little dude he is.