Clinic -Day 3 jumping
I am both sore and satisfied after the third and final day of the riding clinic. Originally, I set out to jump only the second day and focus on dressage the other two, but the instructor suggested another day of jumping to help Koolio work through his fear of colourful jumps, and so this is what we did.
Koolio was a champ. Even though neither of us really had any experience jumping, he took every last fence honestly and with trust. I also surprised myself at how much I enjoyed jumping and really felt like he and I were the best partners in the whole endeavour.
At the end of the day, the instructor asked if I showed Koolio on the Arab circuit, which I haven't. He commented on how impressed he was with Koolio's willingness to work through things and especially his movement, honesty and form. He said, "You should show him, he's ready...now, like today". I must say I was taken aback at the compliment which came from a very respected visiting clinician, but I was also so proud of my horse. Now I feel a bit guilty that maybe I'm not quite as good a rider as he deserves, but then again maybe this incident happened to encourage me to work towards becoming a better rider.