My 5th mini trial was today, and I was returning to the place where my very 1st show was..Grand River Hunt. As some already know, I had a pretty good dressage test the last time (3rd place with a 42.5 score). The score wasn't that good but for it being my first time and Sandie's too, it was decent for how nervous we both were!!
Anyway, I ruined it all last time when I fell off in cross country, which means elimination from the show. I dropped her at a stone jump which she had never seen before so was already nervous about jumping. As a result, she refused and I was stupidly already in my 2 pt so I just went right off the front of her.
Well today, I was bound and determined not to come off in x-c no matter what!! Our dressage test was awesome, we got a 32.5 this time! So we were psyched! Did some warm up jumps and we were rarin' to go! Well, go past the scary rock jump with only slight hesitation...
WHEW! BUUUUUT this time at Grand River they changed the course, and decided to throw a TIRE jump into the Intro course!
Sandie has never even seen a tire before and she was NOT amused! I remembered last time, so I sat back and sqeezed my legs to drive her over the jump. She stopped dead in her tracks in front of it. Now, as some of you know, in Eventing as long as the horse doesn't take a step backwards and goes over, it's not counted as a refusal...so I pushed her to jump it. Now, here's where I made my idiot mistake! I saw her lift up a leg, so thinking she was going to jump it and jump it BIG because she was scared of it, I got into my jumping position....and this happened...
She promptly felt me drop her and stepped backwards, sending me over the front of her ONCE AGAIN and ruining my chances at a ribbon AGAIN at this place! Anyway, I'm just really frustrated and let down, not by Sandie, but by myself! I knew better and should have just sat back and been left behind...better than coming off! I just hate doing that because then she gets hit in the mouth as her "reward" for jumping something she was scared of jumping!
So, sorry this thread got so long, but...anyone have a similar situation and how did you get your horse over the jump safely without jumping ahead and without getting left behind and popping them in the mouth? My friend suggested a crop, but I never ride with one so it would take some getting used to, and I'm afraid that with Sandie it may just upset her even more if she's just scared because of inexperience