I really wanted to title this post “Baby’s First Bounce” but since no one will believe me when I call my eight year old pretty damn broke horse a “baby”, let’s just simply say we did our first bounce in our Sunday lesson.
First, we did trot poles. Simon started out very tense and a bit worked up about them. He wanted to be very forward and rushing going into the gymnastic. With his shorter stride we had a hard time balancing length of stride with proper speed.
And we had some some, dare I say – special moments.
Also included in the specialness was “don’t canter the trot poles” (aka me yelling ‘We’re going to die!’ as I go down the line).
After a while he started to relax, and overall things got better.
Once we were through the trot poles, there was the bounce. Two little cross rails.
I had never done a bounce before (neither had Simon) and didn’t know what to expect. Honestly? Easy peasy. I mean at this height with my horse, I shouldn’t have expected any problems.
As with any gymnastic, we had to hit the entrance right or there’d be problems. If we botched up the trot poles or left too early for the first cross rail, he’d have to go a bit long for the bounce.
Next to build on the poles + bounce, my trainer added a one stride.
We ended the lesson with the last two jumps set up for small verticals. In true Simon fashion, he likes to “celebrate” a little after a gymnastic line with a head shake. It looks like he’s pissed off… but he certainly doesn’t feel that way. I call it his happy dance.
So basically these are a lot of pictures of my horse getting over poles 😀 However gymnastics used to be a cause of anxiety for us, and now they’re more fun than anything! What about y’all, do you have a love or hate relationship with bounces?