Monday, April 21, 2014

Mental Game Over Fences

So tidy over the tiny flowers
Without writing another downer post to describe the zany turns life is taking right now, let's just agree that I'm not in the best place mentally I've ever been. I set a super fun little jump course this weekend, then decided I would just hand off the reins to Redheadlins to ride it, because I didn't think I could keep it together long enough to have a decent round.

And she said, "You have to at least jump the first three and see where you're at after that."

So we hopped over the tiny cross rail. Courage was just so brave and honest and landed cantering.

I hopped over the next, slightly larger, crossrail.

Again, landed in balance, cantered away happily. 

I just love this shot
And it was on! We trotted and cantered all the little jumps. I even landed cantering from on tiny vertical and held the canter and hopped over the biggest vertical of the year so far--a 2'3"ish vertical.


We even took a break to video Diva having the best round of her life so far. Then we went out and put a fun course together and it was awesome.





Looking forward
There's no reason to struggle to keep it together when the whole ride is just smiles and fun. Courage is really stepping it up and together we're making progress.

And yeah, I'm totally day dreaming about that hunter derby at the end of the summer again. 3' derby course... Can we be ready in time?

16 comments:

  1. I saw that picture on FB and was hoping it would show up here too! He looks so great in that picture (and so do you!). Just keep it light and don't pressure yourself just like you did in that post - remember why we do what we do.

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  2. Yay for fun rides! Jen hit the nail on the head. You guys look awesome!

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  3. You two look lovely! So glad you got such a lovely smiley ride in, must have helped a bunch :)

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  4. You bet you can be ready for that derby!! Courage is ready to carry you over the fences and all you need is the confidence and experience with him to go along for the ride. Glad you are having such fun with your "little man."

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  5. Sounds like a fun lesson! I love that feeling of confidence when I ride a course I wasn't necessarily excited to do and everything goes well. Courage is so cute!

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  6. Wise words from Red to do 3 jumps before deciding =) Glad it turned into a fun ride!

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  7. Love the pictures! Glad you stuck out the first 3 and then had so much fun on the rest of the course. Now I expect pics of you guys rocking the derby, ok? :)

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  8. Sorry to hear life is giving you troubles. ugh. hoping it gets better for you soon and smooths out. Meanwhile, C-Rage is the bombdiggity!

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  9. Courage is just such a cute, happy jumper. Glad he is there for you when life is being not so great.

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  10. He is so gorgeous!! I'm glad he's making you smile. I hope everything else sorts itself out soon so you can get back to lovin' life. :D

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  11. You and Courage will definitely kick butt in that derby! And if nothing else, he can distract everyone with his cuteness :) Congrats on having a great jump session!

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  12. You guys can totally do it, this guy is a natural!!

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  13. These are the kinds of happy inspiring rides we all need more often :)

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