So I've been thinking about the horror ride I had on Princess on Wednesday and I think I've found the reason. I think she misses jumping!
So I've had her since I was about 15 and I'd never really cared for dressage we did a lot of trails and jumping in the paddock. I've never ridden such a naturally talented jumper, to be fair haven't ridden many good horses.
She's probably just under 15hh and is all guts. At riders club we'd jump with the 'big class' so were with eventers mostly about 16h with lots of experience. She was one of the instructors favorites as she never hesitated at any jump. She'd race around a sj course slightest pressure on the rein and she'd turn on a dime without slowing. We soon gave up slowing her down always had control just went fast she'd not hit a single pole unless I stuffed her up.
XC was a similar story except for the water jump! Jumps could be as big as they wanted as bright as they wanted and she wouldn't blink. I think in the 7 years I've had her she refused/ran out of 10 jumps.
One day the instructor set up a jump for one of the other girls a BIG oxer, this girl was competing successfully on her experienced 17hh eventer. She went over it and he sent me over. No kidding the jump must have been just under 5ft (measures up to the shoulders of the 5'6 guy putting the poles up. I told the instructor he was crazy he told me to try it. So I pointed her at it nice forward canter shut my eyes and prepared for the refusal. She FLEW over it no hesitation! Then did it 3 times with my eyes open.
Since then she's had a few leg injuries and developed arthritis, turns out she was jumped 6ft as a 3yo.
So we've just started jumping again. I know we'll never get that high again but if we could do 3ft I'd be rapt 2ft would keep me happy too. Wednesday she was a nutter canter meant bolt and no brakes. It wasn't the first time we've jumped since she came back in and she's perfectly sound doing it. It was the first time where I've just looked at jumping, normally its jumping then some dressage then some jumps then some dressage. She'd line up beautifully then race into and over. We've been working on slowing into the jumps lately so this seemed strange.
She jumped perfectly except that I couldn't stop her! If I looked straight at a jump she'd fly over it when I did ask her to stop she came back with this horrible jarring canter for a few strides.
Meantime her tail was a flag her ears were further forward then they've ever been.
She'd come back not anxious but bouncy.
Was she just loopy and missing it?
Sorry about the very long story. Apparently I was reminiscing!