I have a stupid (maybe) question to ask.
I've been on horses a long time, and done lots of different things. My favourite is jumping, but unfortunately it wasn't my horses favourite. Express Train Racing seemed to be his lol
Anyway, I was riding with a friend the other day (both horses are hers), and neither of us could be bothered putting saddles on. Anyway, both of us a accomplished bareback riders, have been riding together for quite a few years and we had our first serious argument on this day. I really wish we hadn't because it has changed our friendship :(
Anyway, we were both working on circles in the arena and have some fun, when we decided to have a go over the small jumps. They are only about 2 feet tall.
Its amazing, we can be bothered to bandage and boot up legs, and yet lifting the saddle onto these two guys was too hard? Lol
So we're bopping around, both with helmets and horses suitably protected, we're even wearing our body protectors, and popping over the jumps. We stayed about 6 lengths apart following each other, starting at a trot and then moving up to a collected canter. We had just landed over the jump when she yells. I hit the brakes and spun Karni around thinking she'd come off or something, to find her screaming at me that I should be lifting myself off the horses back over the jump. Okay, so I lift myself a little bit, but basically try to go with the horse and sit still. I mean, if I've got someone on my back and I've got to jump a log, the last thing I want is someone fidgetting around on me. Karni is a great girl to jump with, and is better left to her own devices from 2 strides out. Mess with her and she'll tell you in no uncertain terms that she doesn't need your help!
Was I wrong? Should I be lifting myself up off her back to go over the jump? Or should I do what i'm doing? My tushy comes up about an inch, and I move forward into a similar line to what Karni has, keeping myself centred, contact with her mouth and by the time we are over the jump, im up and looking for the next one.
Your thoughts would be great. If i'm wrong, i'll sincerely apologise to her, if im right, I don't know what i'd do, but I don't want to lose a friend just because we were lazy little brats that disagreed on something.
Looking forward to hearing from you