Ahhh foolish pride. It's one hell of a drug!!
|who cares that the jump barely reaches his knees. we celebrate all milestones, large and small, here at 'fraidy cat eventing!!!|
|plus they laid down new footing on the path up to the ring! no more mud!!|
|i make charlie watch the other horses go so that maybe he'll learn a thing or two from them haha|
|casual about the blue panels|
|so much fun to canter around!!! even if my suggestions re: lead often go unheeded|
|charlie's patented 'dinosaur stuck in tar pit' impression. i won't be sad when we're past this!!|
|go baby, GO!!|
|"big jumps" require a very serious effort haha (and an apparently surprised rider!)|
Eventually I'd prefer that he trots all the way to the base... but so far he has shown zero inclination to race at the fences, and my guess is that he's actually working on his own eye since he figured out the early canter strides pretty well. So. Ya know. I'm cool with it haha!
|figuring it out, slowly but surely!!|
Obviously there's always room for rider improvement (especially a rider like yours truly, who hasn't jumped regularly since.... gosh, July? August? And not on my own horse since June...), but often with such a green horse we end up focusing entirely on them and whatever they're doing, and just sorta riding in a defensive or very neutral position.
I've mostly just stayed sitting chilly for everything, bc Charlie wasn't really actually jumping in our earliest lessons anyway. Plus there was a high likelihood that he might eat shit and face plant on landing haha so.... leaning forward was a BAD idea!
But I think we're officially to the point now where I need to pay more attention to my own self and be a little more responsible as a rider. Obvi tho, that doesn't mean that I should start micromanaging his every move (plz no, Emma!) - he's figuring it out well enough on his own haha.
|gotta love the longer and longer days too!|
We're gettin there, tho. One jump at a time. And I'm ridiculously pleased that the big guy has started the "move up" from elementary to intro haha. Surely I'm not the only one who gets excited by even the smallest (literally lol) signs of progress???