Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pulled Muscle and Jumping....

....Not the most brilliant idea I've ever had...it was excruciating and I really rode like shit. Yankee put up with me well enough, poor guy. I don't know how I did it, but I imagine it was sometime at work last night, I woke up with the sorest back ever...
I should have just not ridden, but with Mill Creek 10 days away I really wanted to squeeze in one or two more stadium schools and a XC session with a few conditioning sessions (conditioning saturday) and dressage practice (one Friday).
It was a titch warm, and it was already 5:30 so I just wanted to do about half hour including warm-up, jumping and cool down.
He warmed up well but refused a baby fence four times. I'm pretty certain that was my bad. Without realizing it I was overcompensating for my sore muscle and pulling to the left as well as blatantly NOT riding the fence. Silly human.
As a result, when he did jump, he jumped badly...I mean, look at those knees...

gag me right?
Can you tell my back hurt? I NEVER crouch like this...
OK he didn't jump SO terrible and I know it feels worse than it looks but I now realize I should have just lunged him today or something. I had no business jumping :(
He tried really hard to jump well, but I was interefering a bit much without trying, so I kept the fences baby.
Not a bad effort, but loose knees...
Wow could I jump ahead more you think??
Yankee trying!
Overall, I was till happy with Yankee, but not myself. I learned that riding extremely sore is no bueno and I def. won't be doing that again!
Best fence by far! Knees could still be tighter, but my position is good and he is jumping round.
Waiting anxiously for finals to begin/be over....FINALLY turned in my two big papers...2 paintings due next Thurs, and my first final Friday, in spanish. I will have to retake, but at least I passed my last exam...at least..le sigh.
After Mill Creek, T-shirts WILL be made people!! I will re-post pics and add pricing, as well as the Dressage Tee I am working on. I think it will say, "Dressage: Extend it", like how I said, "Eventing: Just Jump It". Sound good? Ideas?
ALSO, thanks to our now 35 followers! WOOT, love you guys!

4 comments:

  1. Hey you guys on your worst day look better than me on my best, lol... not that that is any consolation.

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  2. Yank's a trooper. I'm excited for tshirts!! (And, of course, your Mill Creek summary.)

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  3. Ouch! You're much more determined than I am.

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  4. Ouch I don't think I could ride with a sore back lol. I'm a total wimp hehe. Try not to beat yourself up. It's a lesson learned and no real harm came of it. I hope your back feels better soon.

    I'm excited about the shirts too. Can you let us know what colors we can get too? I like "Dressage: Extend It". If I think of other suggestions I'll leave a comment. You could make a poll and have people pick what it will say out of a few choices. One that popped into my head is "Dressage: Sport For Queens" . . . dressage queen get it? I like plays on words. :)

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