I mentioned that the XC practise day was unfortunately rained off the other weekend, but the Pony Club rescheduled for the following Sunday – which was really fantastic of them!
The North Wairarapa Pony Club have some awesome grounds in Solway and a neat selection of jumps. We paid a $25 fee and then had unlimited access to the flagged cross country jumps, and a selection of five or six show jumps. I left Oscar in a day pen with a hay net whilst L and I walked the course. I wanted to practise a ditch/trakehner jump, water and a couple of logs.
Whilst there were no ditch/trakehner type jumps flagged for practise, we made up the ‘scary jump quota’ with a wide tiger trap fence, a brush and the water jump wasn’t the most inviting. I’m really unfamiliar with what a pre-training course looks like now, after being out of the game for so long. So I kind of just picked my fences and course willy nilly. There was a house jump that, despite being super colourful, looked friendly enough. It was in the open, away from spooky tree branches and facing towards home. I kind of just waved at it and told L that I would pop over it on my way around. My course consisted of sixteen jumps, in this order:
- Tiny wooden ramp
- Tiny coop
- Inviting pre-training roll-top
- Brush fence between two trees
- Tiny log drop into a sunken road
- Up a bank and a tiny drop down off of it
- Hanging log followed by a one stride to..
- Over a tiny log and straight into the water
- Pre-training ramp
- Pre-training solid fence (can’t actually remember if this was a log or a coop, or what)
- Scary tiger trap/box
- House jump
- Staircase combination (two steps)
- Tiny log type fence between low hanging branches
I’m doing some crazy release over jump number two, the only explanation I can offer is that I was half halting vigorously coming into that fence and after working hard at not sitting on the handbrake when jumping, I overcompensated…. severely.