|babez! picasso and lily.|
- "Wow. That came off easily."
- "These are some awfully impressive ears, Bob."
- "Isn't your mom lucky she has you for your whole life, Bob? lololol."
- "He's got a really shiny coat for February." (My currying arm thanked him.)
|trying out hunter digs. i think we'll stick to this combo.|
Disclaimer: This is...seventh? eighth? time she's jumped in her whole life. She has never jumped the picket fence before. This is my second time jumping her. She is green as grass, and therefore we are looking at potential here, folks. Personally, I think she's still quite fancy, if also incredibly crooked. Next ride, I'll be using an aresenal of poles to help a sister out.
After her first time over the picket fence, she had a bit of a wench moment where she was snatching the bit and throwing her inside shoulder to the ground. We took a brief hiatus to work through that, then got back to work. She did the next time over really nicely, then had another temper tantrum that I didn't want to rise to meet so we walked it out and finished on a very squiggly note--but she went over so I didn't want to press the issue and make jumping not fun.
|cutest naked donkey ever.|
We stayed on the far side of the arena behind the jumps and I put him on a circle at the walk. I kept a pretty loose rein, but I was still working with him. Very, very slowly, he started to stretch out, and then stretch down, and then relax, and then give me his best stretchy free walk ever. It only took twenty minutes after thirty minutes of warm up work to get.
I'm going to have to really figure this horse out before the season starts so I can warm him up on the right note. Straight into trot work for awhile and then start real warm up? Find a quiet spot to walk for twenty minutes before heading over to the warm up ring? No warm up ring at all?
As frustrating and disappointing as some of these rides are, I'm actually getting really excited! Only two more months until our first schooling!