True blogger confessions time: recently I’ve become aware that I had grossly over estimated my abilities as a rider. See, I’ve been a hunter gal all my life (even little local stuff.. still counts) and did one jumper show with moderate success. Plus, my horse is a little bit awesome… when he’s sound. Therefore, I’m obviously ready to make the switch full time to little jumper, right?
Yeah, no. So the jumpers are much harder and I have a lot to work on. Who knew?
After my series of jumper lessons leading up to the LOPE Show, I realized just how far I had to go. Right now I still have to…
- 1- Breathe
- 2- Count strides
- 3- Recover from jump
- 4- Casually look for next jump
With the jumper courses, by the time I’m ready to look for my next jump… I’ve already passed said jump. Everything is faster and I get super frazzled and my equitation goes to shit and I forget to give my horse directions.
If you watch this video to the end, you’ll be rewarded by the most awkward combination line ever.
The good news is, Simon thinks all of these courses are fabulous. He’s all “LEFT OR RIGHT? LEFT OR RIGHT? I’LL SWAP EACH WAY WHILE YOU DECIDE I’M SO PUMPED!”
Meanwhile, I’m like “Oh Jesus we should jump that thing and all I know to do is point you at it and sit up so I might not die.” Also, I’m not allowed to look down for my leads anymore, because my trainer essentially said ‘aint nobody got time for that.’ But… how will I know for sure if I don’t visually see? Jumper life mysteries.
At least it makes for entertaining videos.
Then after the LOPE show, I mentioned to my trainer that I might want to go back to the hunters for a while so we can work on these things. She said I can do whichever, but then after watching the 2’6″ divisions at our most recent local circuit show… admitted I fit much better in the baby jumper divisions. It’s where we can be competitive, and if I’m being 100% honest I think horses and shows are too expensive for me personally to go show again and again with no hope of a ribbon.
So, baby jumper land it is!
I’ll bore you with one more jumping video, where we improve our pace so much. I’ve always thought that Simon is a creature of patterns and habit, and once we start getting the strides as habit they will improve. This is true, but I also have to sit up or bad things happen.
Nothing is perfect here, but there are improvements… with many more to come.
Thank you jumper lessons, I have been humbled. I’m ready to work hard and get much better at this so we look more like we’re practicing equitation and less like Toad’s Wild Ride.