Saturday, August 4, 2018

Eventer in Training

Emi and I took our first ever cross country lesson together. The last time I rode cross country was 6 years ago, on Chevy. Let me tell you, that was not a pleasurable ride, with him bucking explosively after several fences. Shortly after that I was diagnosed with breast cancer...and the year after that I purchased Emi.

Emi has been really nice to jump in the arena. She's game to the fences and doesn't seem to have any stop in her. I was curious to see how she would react to jumping cross country. She came off the trailer like a fool. Spinning back and forth, laying on the trailer/her hay net, whinnying and generally being unpleasant. She's not often like that and when she is I don't enjoy it. Thankfully, she winds down quickly so I figured as soon as I put her to work she'd settled down. Between the horses already on the course, all of the jumps and a flock of wild turkeys wandering about, she was wide eyed and overwhelmed. She happily followed her "auntie" Tarra around and we moved to a smaller field to warm up. She felt amazing when we got started...so forward! After a brief and easy warm up we approached our first log.


Emi calmly popped over the log so after trotting it a few times we moved on to the canter. I micromanaged her coming in and was told to support her but let her find the jump. Roz is the horse that I've jumped the most and he was a horse you could hardly "manage" over fences at all. You pointed him in the right direction and he took care of the rest, so it's different to be on a horse that accepts my input! 


We moved to the next field with a similar log. Again, Emi hardly gave it a second glance. We trotted in to it a few times before cantering it. The above video is one of my favorites...we are both having fun! We had one "run out" at this log as Emi was gawking at the other horses out here and opted to go around the fence. She got a slight reprimand for that and when re-presented she popped right over it. 


Next up was a cute roll top. She popped right over this too, although at this point we were still gawking at the other horses and she was almost not paying enough attention to what she was doing. From here we strung a few things together, jumping the roll top, through the water and then another log on the other side. It was easy - the video is posted below. 



We ended with this tiny table. The second to last time we went over this one she suddenly felt tired. We cantered it once (video below) and called it a day.


I am SO pleased with how good she was. I'd say she loved it! She was incredibly forward through out the whole lesson, but she was also listening well. I once again felt how sure footed and balanced she is as she easily handled the terrain changes. I think this was quite possibly the most fun ride we've ever had. We will definitely be back for more jump lessons.  If you didn't watch the little course video, check out the "fancy trot" she gave me after the first fence. Now to tap in to that kind of forward in the arena!


Thought I purchased a dressage horse...turns out a bought an eventer.
On that note, what jump saddle suggestions do you have? I'm going to start saving for one and hope to spend $1000 or less. Emi is not a difficult fit.

12 comments:

  1. LOL - I was thinking what a nice trot just when your friend on the video said it :D I recently got a Schleese Eagle secondhand and I love it so far :) Cross-training is great for horses!!

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    1. I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the feedback!

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  2. YAY! She is such a cute little jumper! I have always said I am an eventer who likes to be a dressage queen, too. I love my Stubben Juventus and always recommend Stubbens to everyone!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll put it on the list!

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    1. I can't wait to see her over bigger fences.

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  4. I love my Bates Caprilli jump saddle - it's nothing fancy but it's super comfy and I love that the gullet is changeable

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  5. You didn't buy a dressage pony you bought a welsh cob. "THE BEST RIDE AND DRIVE ANIMAL IN THE WORLD" Bred for generations to hunt, ride,do harness and be good at it all. Enjoy it. The world is your oyster.

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    1. I think this is my favorite ever blog comment. You made me smile.

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  6. We have an older otto shumacher gp/jump. Love it.

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