Sunday was muggy, warm, and rain-free! O was bright eyed and content in her stall watching the world go by. Saturday I rode around 1pm, and waited until after 5 for my flat to start. However, Sunday I arrived at 10 to realize that if I hustled I could go in a few trips. We threw O together and I tossed on my jacket! A few sprays of fly spray and off we went!
The area was still muddy, but significantly more dried up. I headed straight into the warm up ring, walked, trotted, cantered, jumped a vertical twice and walked into the ring for my classes! It was 10:15. Bam.
O seemed to appreciate the lack of time in warm-up to get anxious, and came out soft, and I was able to keep her nicely in front of my leg. I wanted to hug my horse; seriously, each trip she got more confident, and relaxed. We looked at no jumps. We got our changes 50% or more of the time, and the strides were easy.
One itty bitty issue kept rearing its head both days though. We were thrilled she was quiet and relaxed…we were not so thrilled she was simply cantering over the jumps, and not really worrying about her back feet. Each class she took down a single pole. Usually when I was over-riding, but still odd.
My trainer and husband thought it was pretty funny.
Apparently O pony has decided she’s done with the 2 foot stuff, and is not putting forward very much effort.
That said, O better get ready for more effort. Our trainer was so happy with her, and thinks that she’s definitely ready to move up to the 2’6″ classes! We’ve been jumping around at that height in lessons, but will make our debut in the 2’6″ show ring in mid-June at our next show! Very excited!