Well the morning started out on a rough note. I was carrying a hot drink while staring at the ring full of horses, and walking…and walked right into a fan. Needless to say I jumped around a bit, and spilled some of my trainer’s drink.
Secondly, I found my horse, got on, and did a little w/t/c then we headed to a little single vertical. O was all “it’s scary, it’s scary, it’s scary….I’m going into bunny hop launch mode.” And then changed her mind and she spun left HARD and I did a rather awkward slow motion dismount from the saddle. As in, literally I put my left leg over and down to the dirt, then my right leg slid out and I landed on my feet. I tried to convince my trainer it wasn’t even a real fall, she laughed but didn’t quite sound convinced.
Either way, with the warm up ring getting more busy, the trainer suggested the working student take her over the first few to get things rolling. I was fine with that. I was surprised (and guiltily a little bit pleased) that O did the same move again. So hey, at least I’m not a total flop.
Fast forward to our warm-up class where O refused 2nd and 3rd jumps on course. It was an outside line, and one that she hadn’t see during warm-up. She wasn’t dirty about it, just simply slowed down (while I kicked like crazy) and finally stopped about a stride out before I got her to walk up to it. She jumped around the rest of the course great and second time around she launched over the two she originally stopped at. As soon as I came out my trainer said it was fine, she was just having a baby moment and to just keep thinking forward.
Our first judged class went well! We were adding strides on this one to make sure pony was paying close attention, and wasn’t going to pull any wiggly stuff. It wasn’t a concern, she jumped around quietly, and while I was a bit defensive (aka not pretty) around a few of the spooky jumps, I feel it went okay. We did nail the lead change and she landed correctly on the rest. We grabbed a fourth place in this one out of 10 or so horses. Sorry no video action from that one.
Second judged class was the one I was hunting for all morning. Now that we had her attention, I could soften after the jump and let her move up for the correct strides. She ate them up, and took me down the lines like it was nothing. These jumps were actually set to 2’6” with fill (let’s face it, sometimes the height varies a bit) , and she was cantering over them like it was no big deal.
Better yet, she responded well to my half-halts and was really ridable around the turns. I came out of the ring smiling like a fool and giving her plenty of pats. Trainer and husband met me at the gate! They were super pleased with her just like I was. We snagged the 2nd place ribbon in this class. Video provided by my Mom is below.
It’s funny that the hubs is excited to see her jumping a bit bigger! He says it’s way more fun to watch that way! Ha! I’m really excited and proud to say that after that ride my trainer is planning to move us up! Not very far mind you, as in our local circuit there are 2’6” classes (what we did at this show) and then 2’6”-2’9” Pre-Adult Hunter Classes which just bump up the oxers and maybe a vertical or two. It’s only a hole higher, but dang it I’m so excited! We got off to a very rough start that morning, but we pulled it together and did pretty well against some very nice horses (prepping for Zone finals) who were there.
The hack went really well, she was a little tense/fast at the trot, but I thought our transitions were much better than last show. We came out 3rd out of 6!
Basically guys, I really, really like my horse.