My week-long challenge this week was to see if I could teach Ricky to “seek the jump” at liberty. My goal was to set things up so that at the end of the week I could send Ricky out (in the 75’ round pen), have him seek the jump, jump it and then come back.
At the moment Ricky is a little more bothered by things behind his drive line (his shoulder) and particularly things that flap around (like the plastic on the Car Wash obstacle). To help build his confidence I chose the challenge of: Riding through the Car Wash.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Rolex 3-day Event in Kentucky, a test of the top competitors in the 3-day eventing field including many past and future Olympians. Among some of this years riders were Karen O’Conner (from “The Future of Training” with Linda & Pat Parelli and Karen & David O’Conner), William Fox-Pitt (this years Rolex winner), and Marlynn Little-Meredith (finishing a close second).