Ella and I had our first canter today AMAZING.
I have been jumping her most rides only little ones but just to get the idea (she's 6 so no I'm not jumping a baby). Upped them slightly today to about a 40cm cross. Id had a couple of canter strides after a jump but today she was more forward.
Popped over it first time 3 or 4 wonky half committed canter strides. I just let her have her head. Went again with just a cluck as we took off and got 7/8 good strides! Had to fight myself so hard not to pull her up prematurely.
When she came back I decided I needed to do it again without ****ting myself. So took her again and she jumped awkwardly tripping on landing I accidently bumped her nose in the process she was no appreciative!! I jumped to defensive expecting bucking a few crow hops and she continued on at trot. I walked her for a min to get my breath back ( yes I got a scare) then took her over again. I just plain screwed that one up and again some crow hops.
Went back to the smaller familiar jump and tried again. Had a gorgeous canter using the fence to help breaks. Then next jump screwed up again and tried to turn her too soon unbalancing her small crowhop. The last one was amazing! Over the jump canter down 10- 15 strides along the fence to stop again.
I know it was far from perfect but I did it alone! I feel I can now say my horse is started. I have taught horses canter before with my trainer but very differently. It just seemed right today when she offered and I trusted my gut.
Worst thing is NO ONE SAW!
I was almost in shock when I got off! Laughing crying trouble speaking.everytime I look at Ella I see victory I see that I can do something amazing! I know I couldn't have done it without my trainer but I've done it all. I think trainers had a about 180mins hands on with her in 3 years. So proud of my baby girl!
Oh yeah and all in a halter!
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