When I was pregnant with my daughter I was still riding my mare, and while I knew her very well she wasn’t the most trust worthy creature at that time. I mostly flatted her (which she was great for), but lessons were few and far between. Soon after she went to the ranch and I was left horseless. Trainer kindly set me up with some trustworthy beasties who took great care of me.
After finding out about baby #2, my trainer and I had several discussions about my plans for the next few months. In the end, I opted to continue jumping for the time being. I was feeling fit, in a great lesson situation, and most importantly I was riding schoolmasters. We did decide that I wasn’t feeling safe on Giraffe horse. But with him off the list, the rest of the schoolie string were old partners who I trusted. Nothing is 100% in horses, but it’s what I felt comfortable with.
So until 13 weeks, I had been jumping around baby sized jumps and going on short trail rides. It isn’t exactly on par with the 3 foot jumper courses my lesson-mate is schooling, but it has kept me in the loop. I hope it will help me get back on my jumping game even more after baby.
I will admit that the first week as a flatwork only lesson was a welcome adjustment. I had been traveling a lot the past few weeks, and I could feel the jelly-leg curse coming on. Plus, my self-perservation is pretty high right now. It’s hard knowing how shaky I get as a rider, so quickly nowadays. My big grand plan is to keep lessoning – flatwork for a few more weeks, but I’m taking it one day at a time. Trainer is keeping me on my game with lots of crazy pole exercises so that’s fun!
Anyone else taking a break from jumping this winter? Feel free to commiserate with me people.