Some of you have already seen parts of these clips in my other "cross country" thread, but I put all of the clips from that day together and set it to music in this video montage of our first cross country experience
For those who don't already know...This was our first experience with a cross country course (mine and Sandie's!) Sandie had to get used to how wide and tall these jumps were compared to the little poles at home in the arena...and I had to get used to the "pops" that she would do over them (and her slight hesitations right before a lot of them which threw me off timing-wise!), many of which launched me out of the saddle! (For those that don't know, Sandie and I have only been jumping for about 2 1/2 months now, so we're both just learning!) FYI - because I'm also just learning to jump, I realize my form is not perfect and is downright bad in several of these jumps so please don't pick this apart!
There were several "near falls" that day, one of which is on this video, but I somehow managed to stay on! This was also Sandie's first experience going through water, and I was very impressed...she walked right through it, then trotted, then even cantered through it with no problems! What a brave, trusting girl she is
Our first "mini trial" eventing show is on June 21st, so this was a good experience for both of us to have before then! Wish us luck, it will be my first show ever and Sandie's too! (we'll be entering Intro which are much smaller jumps than those in this video...but they only had the next level up's jumps out the day we went for schooling so I'm jumping a bit beyond my level in this video) But anyway, ENJOY