So I just go back from Demi and I's first XC schooling of 2010! We went to a park we know fairly well... come to find out they have completely changed the course! So it was kind of nerve wracking to jump new courses (same jumps, different configuration).
I was REALLY tense at first. Demi had gotten off the trailer kind of "up" so it made me nervous. I always get this irrational fear on XC. It's something I have to overcome and let go of. I feel like since Demi is smaller, she can't jump as well. Which is totally false! She's a great jumper but I'm a control freak and I have trouble letting go of her face.
My trainer, Jamie, helped me work through it and by the time we got to the water complex Demi and I were really connecting.
We are going to attempt (if all goes according to plan) the horse trials here in July at Beginner Novice!
Oh and don't worry... My vest WAS under my jacket
Here are some pics to enjoy!