I’m a bit late to post these photos, but better late than never at all.
Last week I brought Oscar in for a pop over a few jumps. It was our first jumping session since he’d hurt himself hunting, and as he’d been handling his workload really well over the past few weeks, I decided to test him out over some small fences. Truth be told, we both needed a break from the dressage and we’re struggling to hack out at the moment because someone’s got sore feet. I have something really, really exciting to share
next week and it starts with “we have been given permission to ride on the sand racetrack next door“.
Scratch sharing next week, I’m hella freaking excited. It’s literally a fence line away, on the next door property, and it’s a fully fledged race track where real life thoroughbreds gallop in races (omg). And I get to use it to condition my horse. If that isn’t a score for an aspiring ammy eventer, I don’t know what is. I’ll take him there on Sunday for a wee canter and will probably then leave it for a while as Oscar’s winter break is looming ever closer at the end of August.
From September I’ll be excited to have the facilities available to really incorporate fitness work into our schedule. Things seem to be falling into place nicely (touching wood), aside from transport, but I’m slowly putting money aside for float repairs and will have that sorted in 2016 for sure, providing I don’t get thrown any more curveballs like .. $5,000 vet bills for a kitten that lacks spatial awareness… le sigh. (She’s cute, she’s worth it ha).
In other exciting facilities updates, we’re also allowed to use the perimeter of the rugby field for schooling/werkin’ on our fitnezz come summer. It’s a nice 15 minute walk away and will provide a welcome change of scenery for sure.
Anyway, I majorly digress! Oscar jumped great last week!
With his usual sloppy style for the most part, and he was a bit wobbly on his lines into jumps – but the main thing is that he was bold and forward and had a sparkle in his eye the whole time that showed he was happy to be doing his favourite thing again.
*Disclaimer* I pull my horse’s mane in quarters to make it slightly less unpleasant for him. Please overlook the fact that it is half finished here, we didn’t leave the property like that I promise ha.
Once Oscar was checked once for trying to run into poles – yay hunting!- last time we jumped I had a hard time getting him forward – we had a beautiful forward canter with just enough ‘up’ to make this closet DQ happy.
But we don’t jump often, or even with any kind of routine at all really. I’m putting feelers out (this expression makes me uncomfortable haha) for someone willing to travel to where I live to give us a helping hand with our jumping so we can have regular lessons. He’s not going to win show hunter points any time soon but if we get our straightness in check he can easily fling himself around a cross country course, and that’s what we want to be doing.
And call me bias – it’s okay, I really am!! – but he gets all the points in the world for cuteness..