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        03-24-2011, 12:55 PM
    FABULOUS cross country schooling!

    So yesterday Mogie, Kayla, Alexa and I went down to Full Gallop for a huge cross country schooling afternoon! It was really disconcerting because we were pretty much the only people out there schooling. Since it's towards teh end of March most everyone who winters in Aiken is getting ready to head back north. Considering it's usually PACKED and the last time we went schooling there were a good 10 groups out there schooling, it was a weird feeling having the place pretty much to ourselves!

    Since Willie can no longer jump, I took Ace instead. He's been around the block a time or two (or three, or four, or hundreds) and he hasn't been cross country schooling since I came out in interview in November! So the old man was pretty excited and we really had a great time. Mogie had us schooling mostly training level stuff, with some novice in the beginning for warm up. Because Ace JUST started back into work like...3 weeks ago, we didn't do a whole lot of jumping (in Mogie's words "you'll do everything maybe once or twice, so it better be perfect!") but what we did do we totally rocked. Ace will jump pretty much anything, the only time he won't do it is if you totally drop him on his face and don't keep him moving forward and balanced. I am ashamed to say that did happen once, but the second time we nailed it and I'll never let it happen again! I only wish I had pictures to show you guys! But alas, we were all on horses and nobody wanted to risk photographing AND riding, lol. Maybe next time?

    I just love having those schoolings where your confidence just goes through the roof!
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        03-24-2011, 01:07 PM
    Awesomeness Strange! I am so thrilled for you and your progression! Sounds like you had an absolute amazing time, and I greatly agree - you have to love those rides where you feel that you can conquer anything!
        03-24-2011, 01:10 PM
    It helps that Ace knows his stuff, haha. I have to worry about it a little less, and worry more about myself actually riding the right way!

    There was one funny moment where Mogie strung together a few jumps for us at the beginning and the last one was a pretty good sized training level roll top. Before we had just done the novice bench next to it and as soon as Ace saw the roll top he just went "VROOOOOM" right towards it, in perfect balance but his stride increased by like 2 feet. I just held on and was like "Oh ****, oh ****, just land in your legs and release! He'll take care of me I hope!" Kayla and Alexa could not stop laughing. Ace just had that mischevious little glint in his eye the whole time.
        03-24-2011, 01:43 PM
    I wonder if Nelson and he are related? Sounds like you were riding my horse!
        03-24-2011, 02:44 PM
    Lol it sure is fun to ride though! Just have to hold on and keep up with the old folks!

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