SO yes, the riding. I haven't been this happy with my progress or Brumby's progress in a very long time. It really is all coming together. Are our rounds flawless? Not by a long shot. But they are solid and if any of my recent courses had been in a show, I wouldn't be embarassed by them. I'd say our biggest "things" are that he loses that nice hunter rhythm when jumping the line next to the tree line boogey-men by getting a touch fast. But we still get the striding nicely and, more importantly, he comes back to me! That alone puts a smile on my face. The other issue is the right lead change. If I am able to think ahead enough, we usually get it on the landing. But if we don't get it on landing, he often has to buck to get it. We've made lots of progress on getting smooth changes to the right but it's still a bit of a wild card.
There is one more thing I'd like to change...my "game face." Literally. I have the worst jumping faces!! Before my husband left, he came to the barn with me a couple times and took some photos and video. I haven't been quite brave enough to share either on the blog but tonight I decided what the heck, I'll share one photo.
Go ahead, laugh it up ;-)