|He's pretty great|
I've learned to separate out the naysayers and ignore the people who think my super talented horse should move along faster and jump higher. It's been a long, hard project. It was a little hard to even post my video from my last lesson because the jumps looked minuscule even to me.
But you know what?
It's worth it.
So, so worth it.
|I'm developing that "dressage hunch"|
And I wanted to jump them.
Usually that goes away when I get on, but not today. I warmed up on the flat and Courage felt phenomenal. I hopped him over our usual teeny jump and he was great. I planned a flat ride, so I had no whip, no spurs, long stirrups, and no neck strap.
|Early shot--he will get his knees up|
We've never done one before, but I was riding really well and redheadlins was on hand to fix it if anything went too wrong. I walked to within a few strides so he saw it, then trotted over it.
|He jumps so well with a big release|
And I peeked at the barrel jump with a rail over it. And I was still riding awesome.
And we cantered around and SAILED over it like total badasses.
WHY THE HELL NOT MY HORSE FREAKING ROCKS
So we just cantered down to it. Courage got a little crooked. I pushed my hands forward and kept my leg on.
It felt amazing. Courage landed in a perfect balance and cantered away softly and I couldn't wipe the grin off my face. Still can't. What a rockstar.
Courage felt awesome. I was riding well. Neither of us was stressed or worried or overfaced or tense. That's how I want it to be and it was SO MUCH FUN. :-) Oh, and then I went and measured the jumps because I'm the sort of nerd who does that. Barrels were 2'9" and the vertical was 3'. OH YEAH. That's the highest fence Courage has ever jumped and it couldn't have been better.
This is what I've been looking for all along.