From our semiprivate lesson with Nancy this weekend:
- I can face a jump straight on towards its side (so that, drawing a line from one side of the jump to the other and extending it, that's where I'm standing), and with Boost at my side, I can back off to 20 feet or more from the jump, say "go on" with just my arm & leg moving forward on that side, and she'll go out and jump the jump. But at some point when she's on my left side, she starts crossing before the jump and taking it from the right. Odd.
- I can face a jump right at its center (as if I'm going to run forward and go over it) and toss a toy and send Boost over the jump to get the toy, immediately sliding to the side beyond the jump (so if she's on my left side, I send her and slide right). But no matter where we start or where I toss the toy or how quickly or far I slide, she almost always turns to her left! Go figure!
- If I try to get ahead of her in the weaves, she pops the last 2 poles. Dang, I keep thinking we've fixed this. I mean, 6 months ago I was racing ahead and doing front crosses. Back to the drawing board. Our assignment for this week is to be able to run alongside her; in our lesson, I had to stay a step behind her shoulder to keep her from popping at the end. But all her entrances were nice!
- I need to shut up more and rely more on precise body language. Funny thing, that; seems people have been telling me that for 12 years. You'd think they'd learn!