|could she be any more chill at the trailer?|
|this pint-sized rider hacked out alongside our group to exercise her shetland, as they would be racing at Pimlico the following day. my adult self is incredibly jealous of her childhood!|
And, possibly, I was worried by the prospect of body slamming a solid fence similarly to how I took down that oxer (the same one every time, ugh fml) at Tranquility just a few short weeks ago....
|if i could just only ever see xc jumps through the lens of a camera, they would all always look small!|
But what the hell, right? Trainer P wanted to escape the heat and let us all have a good time bopping around through the fields. Plus they recently moved in a whole bunch of jumps into the closest front field. So there was tons to jump in just one place - rather than needing to hike all over creation for individual jumps.
|friendly N boat house|
|Thunder loves it!|
|the happiest mare ever hacking out through the fields|
|free for all in the water!|
But somehow it never translates to "new" waters - water we haven't seen or schooled before. She is only so good with this water bc she is so familiar with it. Meanwhile, no matter what we do here, water remains our weakest link on xc. Oh well. At least trainer P said they're planning to rebuild the complex, so at least it'll be "new" enough to maybe get Isabel thinking about it?
|flash so itchy :(|
I was happy to get out too, since we basically only ever schooled last year after some time away from competitions, or when we were planning to move up. Otherwise, we competed often enough to keep the mare tuned up to the phase. Obviously we're not competing right now tho so... schooling is useful for keeping us sharp(ish).