Sky - OTTB now 13 eeps though he thinks he's 3 still. He's my high energy slightly psychotic jumper that i've struggled with keeping calm and focused at shows. BRILLIANTLY talented, pulls rails bc he rushes esp over smaller stuff, but I refuse to show 4' when he's sloppy over 2'6" at shows even though he's better over bigger stuff at shows - i'm a stickler for doing things the right, slow way I know. (at home he's cake. Of course.) so OMG we found our calling. My eventer duke was sore/tired from shows so I semi-reluctantly grabbed sky for a hunter pace last fall..... fully expecting a madman in the fields, mind you I can't get him OVER any XC without a near death experience. Know what? ROCK STAR. Not a foot wrong. From 2' logs to a nearly 4' tabletop cut tree we scrambled over in the mud, to a 3'6" stonewall and 3'6" giant coop - perfect. Not bracing, 100% on point the entire pace. No stress. LOVED it. Still can't get the horse on an XC course even though some of these jumps were blatant xc jumps... go effin figure! So we're now doing small jumper shows to prep for hunter paces this year. Weird I know I swear he was just a foxhunter/steeplechaser in a past life lol!
Duke's my eventer and been awesome. His one hip is usually weaker than the other so we're working on that. He can get sluggish so I developed this nasty habit of jumping ahead last summer (eeps!) and when schooling xc to prep for a show, I was way in front of him. Ugh. Tons of eyes closed, no reins, no stirrups gymnastics and I only made so-so progress. Took him to an event and he went from sluggish to OMG OMG MOM IT IS A SHOW (same place we schooled 2 wks before like a slug). So throw out every single planned approach on how to make each fence ride easier and replace with bolting 1800 pounds of very happy very excited clyde.... good thing I had practiced w/o reins bc over one jump he got mine away from me! And add that to his all of a sudden super-forward movement and it was like um. Oh! Right. Traditional eventer safe position came riiiight back. Haven't jumped ahead since. Nothing like the fear of god in you on an xc course to fix your jumping ;) lol and since he tends to be lazy in stadium, we may do a few hunter schooling shows to neaten him up.
Soooo I have more horses but that's enough for now lol. How are you guys? What horses do you have and what riding do you do?