HELMET CAM FOOTAGE!
Which you think should be exciting and interesting and yayohmygodhelmetcam, but quite frankly it's a horrible tease. It's only helmet cam footage of me jumping around the indoor. So you think you should be getting something really fabulous, but you're only getting let down.
And I was going to make an analogy for that, only my mind instantly went somewhere dirty, and I didn't think such sexual innuendos were appropriate for a horse blog. Kind of like how sometimes those horse breeding videos pop up on the sidebar of youtube, and you're like, "The fuck?! Put that penis away!"
This is going nowhere.
Here's the video:
Those were the last jumps of the ride.
I started Bobby off with just the cross rail up of the triple combination and poles for the other two jumps coming in from the opposite direction than that of the video. Holy cow, he was a maniac! As soon as he turned in, it was like a race against his imaginary friend on who could make it through the grid the fastest.
Oh p.s. BOBBY WON.
After blowing through it a few times, I made him halt between the two strides, back, and then trot the pole to the X. That did nothing for future turns. I finally just put the middle jump up to 2' and tried that. Yeah, no. Still cray cray. So I put the middle jump up to 2'6" which is as high as the holes in the standards went (Note to self: ask J to bring down the better standards from the outdoor.) thinking that the bigger height would back him off some. Yeah, no. So I put the last fence up to a 2' vertical since it was such a tight turn and I didn't want it any bigger and came in tracking right. A little better, but still rushing.
Whyyyyyy, Bobby Magee? Why must you flail? The jumps were so small that he was literally taking all of them in a canter stride instead of actually jumping them, but come on, bro! We can't jump through a 3'6" grid in our tiny indoor. You've gotta have a little respect for what's in front of you. Do I think he'll be better when the jumps can get bigger in the outdoor? Tentatively, yes. But we're working in the indoor, so behave yourself!
On a positive note, we were both quite lovely over the single vertical with the barrel. It probably had something to do with me just letting him rip around the arena. That's Bobby's style of jumping, and it suits him well. But it's not good for indoor jumping. And we're doing indoor jumping. So cooperate with indoor jumping rules, tool bag.
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And in other news, I was showing off his bow to the girl I was riding with and he ate the peppermint wrapper. That will, uh, pass right through, right?