Today I spent the day in Drammen, riding a 1.40m qualifier for Oslo Horse show. Carvis has become a bit spoiled, and wasn't very happy with a one day show and all the waiting. Luckily it was loads of fresh grass outside the lorry, so I could keep him happy through the day.
It was a speedclass today, and Carvis was superquick in his feet, my rythm wasn't the best, but he jumped us out of everything with great effort. I did som shorter turns and he had some really nice jumps.
We ended third again, and gathered some more well needed points in the cup.
I have started to jump him with some new hindboots, they are from eQuick and improves his technique. He jumps more through his back, and flips up more in every jump, wich makes a difference when i ride him. It is a bit new for him, so at the last show he was a bit more tired than normal on the third day. But today he had so much power when i trotted him after our round.
These classes have been a good boost for my selfesteem, and very good training for Carvis to get his body used to the new way of jumping. You get tired when you are "forced" to do things more correct in every jump, so even thoug he is fit and able to do 1.60m classes, we still have ways to improve ourself.
Carvis is a very sensitive horse, and ever since he was a youngster his hindleg technique has been a bit stiff. But since he has so much scope it didn't matter that much at the level we competed then.
Now that we want to make our way up among the very best, we see that we need this extra trick up our sleeve.
To make sure that Carvis doesn't get to careful when using the hindboots I have been using them when I hack out and also in the ground work so he gets used to them . That way he jumps better, but without scaring himself. When you try something new you need to know your horse, and you must be aware that you can get a reaction you don't expect. Some horses doesn't care that much when you try new things, but some horses can get very scared, and it's our job to improve our horses without breaking their spirit or losing their trust.