It was the bestiest.
We all showed up Thursday afternoon and saddled up for a jump ride.
|why helloooooo sexy neck|
I probably should have worked him a little harder, but the course looked scary and I figured we were just hacking.
Then I watched Redheadlins jump a couple jumps (and Prisoner was WILD) and for some reason, that made me go "well hell, even I can do that".
And we promptly proceeded to demonstrate it.
|i call this move "wtf horse". meme forthcoming.|
Whoops. Maybe could have left that part out.
Still. Courage was jumping in fine form, I was riding ok, and after we got one classy and non-wild jump, we called it a night.
I felt discombobulated and all over the place, but the pictures show that I actually rode fine, so yay for that!
|points for a great outfit|
Courage came out on his lazy hunter A-game, and we were off.
And by "off", I mean the little bay horse trotted and cantered around his first course of the year like a total pro. No rushing, no squirting off, no shenanigans.
|one stride out!|
AND. Perhaps y'all remember our disastrous history with grids and related distances. (No? Well. Take my word for it. Not our strong suit.)
Anyways. There was a wee little one stride set and once Courage was forward and jumping, I pointed him at it.
He was SO GAME. Right through it, no question. Seriously proud moment there. This horse couldn't deal with placing poles this time last year. He has grown up so much. :-)
You doubt? Oh yeah. I have video too.
wild jumps from the day before and our schooling jumps from course day.)
All that to say.
Wow. I am really, really happy with the choices I've made with Courage this year. I feel much better about trusting my instincts to back off the jumping and do other things for a year, because that has completely changed our relationship. I have more buttons. I have a better understanding of my horse. I'm more able to be the rider that he needs.
The fences top out at 2', but I trotted and cantered around that whole course with 100% confidence. We are a team, at long last.
That alone is huge for me. Courage is not the easiest horse to ride or jump.
But we're getting there. (We're just also getting to first level dressage and OMG that excites me too.)
Anyways. You're welcome for Monday-Monster-Pony-Post, but I am really thrilled with my little man and WOOWOO there were still two more days to pony weekend!
That first picture= wow!ReplyDelete
Congrats. All that dressage paid off. Looks great
He's the bestest little hunter pony EVAR in that video!!ReplyDelete
Wow! You guys look really good. Courage has super cute form over fences and your Eq is on point! So happy for you guys!ReplyDelete
wooo hooo look at him gooo!!! you must be so thrilled with his attitude (even with a little 'wild' here and there lol) - he just looks so comfortable over those fences now :DReplyDelete
You both look so good! I want horse friends that do weekends like this, lol!ReplyDelete
A) That "wild" picture defies the laws of physics I'm pretty sureReplyDelete
B) I love his jump. I think the hunter is hiding somewhere in there
What a nice horse, and well-ridden! <3ReplyDelete
Yay! What a great weekend of riding. You're both looking good.ReplyDelete
whooo hoo looks like fun!ReplyDelete
It was so fun to watch!ReplyDelete