It was finally dry enough for me to be able to get some schooling in over the weekend. Galahad can still take a while to start listening properly but once he is listening he does try hard. We even did a little jumping which excited him very much. It is definitely his favourite thing to do. I would love to take him cross country jumping so now he is happy jumping tyres laid flat I have started introducing upright ones as well.
We are just jumping the pole in the middle at the moment. It took him by surprise the first time he saw it and he slid to a stop but after that he popped over it happily. I will fill in the gap soon so we are actually jumping the tyres themselves.
I also schooled my sister’s pony on Saturday. He is completely different to ride and is a pony of extremes. It is either a struggle to get him moving forward or he is nice and forward but with dodgy brakes and steering. Saturday was a dodgy brakes day! We still had quite a good session though and jumped a few jumps. He is really good for my riding as he forces me to use my legs not my hands and I always feel I have learnt something when I finish riding him.
Yesterday Galahad and I rode out with my sister and we braved the hay bales in the field up the hill. They are apparently safe enough to ride past now, although they still have to be closely watched. We had a couple of proper gallops again but this time Galahad went where I was intending and stopped when I wanted. He is clearly a lot fitter than he was a few months ago as he can now canter the whole way up hills where he couldn’t before. It is something that seems to have happened all of a sudden without me noticing! It’s rather gratifying – we must be doing something right!