Thursday, 9 June 2016

Jumping = Fun, too

After all my whining and worrying, we had a super jump school Friday night.

That most likely happened because I went into the ride with zero expectations and no anxiety. I was actually just going to warm up and head out for a trail ride, but there were a couple of inviting little jumps set up. So, we popped over those and it was fun. Of course then I was eyeing up the bigger stuff and the next thing you know we're cantering around jumping all the things and both pony and I are having a great time. Bridget still felt really soft and adjustable from our dressage ride the day before, so it felt easy. I was in a rare kind of mood and next we were doing a 3' course and somehow it looked like we knew what we were doing. She was right on my aids and the distances rode very well first try. I was very mindful of quitting while I was ahead/before I inevitably f'd things up, so we ended there and ventured out on our trail ride feeling pretty good about life. 

We saw our first bear of the year, sadly I was too slow with the camera so I have no proof. Midge isn't overly concerned about them, so it's a bit of a non event provided the bears don't make suspicious noises in the bushes without showing themselves first!

I'm still undecided about the show. I'm taking a bit of a mini vacation right now so Bridget is going to have a few days off as well. We'll get back at it Wednesday, and the show is Saturday. They do take late entries so I'm not going to worry about it and will just make a game time decision.

Sorry for the lack of media - as mentioned I'm away for a long weekend and am posting on my phone while we ride the ferry to my "real" home for a couple of days of relaxation  :)

14 comments:

  1. See Dressage fixes everything. :)

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  2. Way to go! I couldn't be as casual about a bear sighting as you are...

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    1. We see them pretty much every week - and I've yet to own a horse that's legit scared of them. So, we probably sound a lot more bad ass than we really are :)

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  3. Riding is such a mental challenge, and it's easy to forget that. I've had some really good jump schools lately due completely to a shift in my mental attitude about them.

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    1. Yes, I totally need to embrace my inner zen girl!

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  4. Woah - you saw a bear while ON your horse and lived to tell the tale? This pony is a keeper!

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    1. We live with a lot of wildlife. I think 99% of the horses here have seen it all just from living here, so they're usually pretty chill. I do get a little nervous if we're out alone, but fingers crossed, had no issues so far.

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