|The best at no hands. Both of us.|
So instead of a super boring wrap up of Wednesday's ride and how I didn't feel like doing anything and just trotted around the field and did some cavaletti and then realized that good rides really are good for the soul, let's look at where Courage is at jumping-wise. Over the past year! Because yes, I do have that many pictures. You should know that by now, even if you started reading my blog yesterday.
|August 2013, just a couple weeks off the track|
|September 2013. Keeping things small while he figures it out.|
|October 2013. Getting the idea while it gets cold.|
|November 2013. Learning to launch.|
|March 2014. Wild world when your body feels good.|
|April 2014. He's getting it...|
|...nope. April 2014.|
|May 2014. First time in a grid.|
|And second time. May 2014.|
|June 2014. Lunging and flatwork.|
|Lots of lunging. June 2014.|
|July 2014. The things we make our friends do.|
|July 2014. Looking good.|
It's easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing (ahem, REBECCA FARM) and feel down on myself for not having my horse at that level yet, but he really is making steady forward progress. So yeah, it's not always exciting and cool and photogenic and I don't really feel like a badass when I break grids down to their most basic elements and just practice trotting through them.
|Calm and jumping across=win|
More important than chasing the high of bigger jumps and harder combinations is the boring day-to-day of letting Courage understand what all this new job entails so that he actually can step it up and be the best at it. It's not sexy, but it's what he needs.
|To an 18' placing pole. That's how we make it easy.|