Been having a few ups and downs with Sam lately. I went off again last week (4th time) and this time I'd say it was actually a little bit his fault. As opposed to the other 3 times, when it wasn't. After a jump he was feeling good and started humping around and because I was already tipped forward after the jump I just kept going down until my head was on the side of his neck.
My trainer yelled for me to sit up, but as I was leaned completely on my hands which were in my lap and past 90 degrees at the waist, I knew I didn't have the abs to fix it and I dropped my stirrups and superman'd off. I landed on my boobs and right thigh - nothing injured. Sam hippity hopped all the way down the arena until he found some hay in the corner. No remorse. It's not so naughty to crack his back and feel good (just being a horse) but it is to leave me in the dust and buckaroo his way to some food.
|Sam & pro|
So the following lesson was with a stronger bit and a pro rider and my trainer on the ground - and I got to watch. This way he couldn't dip his head down like he likes and the pro wouldn't let him get away with speeding up after the jumps. We also cut back his evening feed from 2 timothys to 1 timothy and 1 local.
Rider worked on stopping after the jumps and not letting his bulge out his left shoulder. And not letting him drop behind the vertical - a fun new habit that probably came from someone previously having his go around in draw reins. You could tell Sam was not happy about this lesson.