Building Success One Tiny Log At A Time
|Just call me Queen of Blurry Video Stills|
We warmed up in the indoor, which was a predictably terrible experience. Dino was nappy and grouchy and stopped several times at our warm-up crossrail. Since he's always been a grump and a half in that arena, I wasn't too worried about it, and as soon as I'd successfully jumped him over the offending crossrail a couple times, I declared us ready to go outside and get out of the accursed box!
The XC fences at this barn are really thoughtfully placed and just the right size for green horses and riders with messed-up brains. It was a pretty perfect place to school for us! We started off with a series of microscopically small logs, rails, and pipes set along the fenceline that got gradually larger as you rode around the pasture - jumps that I could cowgirl on over if Dino started getting any ideas about not jumping them.
|Real. Tiny. Jumps.|
GOOD PONY. This is how we do the jumping.
I turned around to jump the microscopic log again, this time adding a black pipe afterwards. Dino cruised right along and hopped over the little jumps without questioning my request. So far, so good!
We then jumped a line of three little log fences with great success. I hadn't quite figured out our rhythm in the canter yet, so we were getting some awkward chippy distances, but Dino was jumping confidently and I was mostly staying out of his way. We came back and forth over that line a few times, improving our pace and getting closer to the Magic Gallop with each pass.
I eyed up a couple BN and N size fences. They still looked kind of big. We decided to head across the creek into the next field.
|WE ARE DOING THE THING!|
On our way back to the barn, we passed by those BN and N sized jumps again, and I declared that I wanted to jump the BN hanging log with rocks underneath.
AND I DID.
And it was great! Dino picked up a nice balanced canter, I saw a distance, put my leg on, and over we went. Easy, no-drama XC jumping!
|I promise this was bigger than it looks being photographed from the back of a 17hh horse...|