Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Can I just say that I love this picture?


I do.

A week ago Saturday, Cuna and I were jumping in fine form. We were scheduled to go to a cross country clinic the coming weekend and I was hoping things would work out more satisfactorily than last time.

Instead I went on a trip to a show in a different state as a groom. I'm not really sure what that says about me.


It was a long, fun week. I'm now back in town, gettting reacquainted with Cuna, and planning to head to a different schooling event in early July (Rafter K clinic/derby for all y'all locals).

My thought is that we will do two XC lessons on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, if I'm not mentally ready to go beginner novice, it may be time to consider a discipline change.

Let's face it. I have the horse. I have the ability. If I can't get myself together, I need to find something else to do.

Jumper shows may be calling my name.


  1. Well, as far as I'm concerned, you're pretty brave to jump over anything as high as that jump in the first picture! If cross country courses aren't your thing, then they're not your thing. No shame in that.

    I like grooming for other people way more than showing or going to clinics myself.. Much less stressful!

  2. Too much pressure on yourself! It doesn't matter if it takes TEN xc schoolings - it takes what it takes and trying to rush your own mental state is going to make it worse instead of better. Confidence builds slowly over time, no matter what horse you have.

    That being said, there is nothing wrong with having fun on your horse doing jumper shows. =) Start that blue ribbon collection.

  3. Be honest with yourself about it. It does take a certain nerve and confidence to go cross country, no matter what the level. If you don't have it, it's just not worth it to take the risk.

    I had a super x country horse and did really well until we moved up a level and met a fence combination neither one of us could quite figure out. If I'd had the nerve, I am sure I could have pushed him to jump it, and he certainly had the ability, but the mental block kept us on the ground. I knew then my eventing career was over. I rode a couple more at the lower levels, just to satisfy my horse and me and then moved on to dressage. (With some hunter/jumper stuff now and then.)

    Trust your feelings.

  4. Can't blame you for loving the photo!

  5. i reccomend the jumper stuff:) not only is it fun but Cuna is good at it! and Cuna can be a bit of a handfull on the cross country but in the ring he is super super!!! of course:)

  6. LOVELY photo, you'd have to be nuts not to love it! Take it easy on yourself, mkay? You and Cuna haven't been together all THAT long-but it really doesn't matter. Everyone needs to go at the pace that is right for them. You guys will go so far, no matter what "level" that amounts to. You have something special with him...take care of each other, that's all that matters:)

  7. Just saying, that if you do decide to leave XC behind, the Jumper world would be happy to have you :)

  8. After my stellar weekend of three falls in two days, I might be right there with you at those jumper shows.

    Then again, I'm chasing down my issues, physically and mentally, so ... yeah.

  9. I was going to suggest doing jumpers! It looks like so much fun and not nearly as scary lol. I love the photos. You guys look awesome. :D

  10. Oh and I forgot to say, Cuna looks like an alien in his fly protection lol! He's so cute!


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