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!