SAT: All of the horses went on the trails! I love trail! Where we go has a bunch of action! We're talking Huge hills (steep), Switchbacks, and Creeks. Unfortunally, I thought riding english would be the best option for the day... It wasn't. Neigh was feeling his oats! Managed to stay on the whole time but there were a couple of times when I thought I was going down! I was also with a VERY inexperianced group of riders They didn't have the sense to go up steep hills one at a time-( I'm always first b/c my horse has a Superiority Complex) So when I'd say "hill- One At a TIME" that meant wait 2 seconds and let your horse fly up the hill into my butt! Once one other horse got in front of Neigh and let go up a hill- I managed to keep him calm till it was clear-But when he started up, he reared, Dug his feet in and bolted. In doing this I was leaning forward and I smashed my face! Lol. From that point on we walked up hills!
MON: Last 4-H meeting of the season. I had my mum coach me- which never happens. She was actaully nice and not yelling at me! I also had a well know coach from where I live. This coach had almost nothing to flaw me on. The only things she said need improvment was my hand postition ( I tend to ride saddleseat like huntseat), And a good active walk (Neighners tends to think I'm going to kill him after a good canter- and walks like a inch worm) Next I got Streak together... ugh. I love him. But sometimes that horse isnt worth making glue out of! We did a tiny warm-up- everything was spot on. BUT when it was time to try trail he acted like he'd never seen any of it before! We got over the bridge, did the mail box, trot poles were hard for him-he's gaited. Where we had trouble with him was at the sidepass pole and the L. THE TWO THINGS WE PRACTICE CONSANTLY! He wasn't listening- before leaving I got him through it. But it was a battle.
TUES July 12: I feel suuuppper guilty. Neigh and I decided to jump the standard 2'6'' for 4-H. It turned out to be horrible. Yesterday we got told we would be jumping a cross rail and an oxer. Neigh has only been doing 2' cross rails and verticals- not very consitantly either. I'd never thought about an oxer I got it all set up, horse tacked-thinking I was ready to go! But I wasnt! Its different to jump on a schooling horse-than on your own. I was in tears, afraid I was going to have him pull something! Or he'd knock it and be lame- have a show Saturday... lol! I know 2'6'' is TINY but my horse's career IS ground work! I just couldn't have him do it. Blah. FAIL. We did do a couple verticals. He was okay- I had my reins too tight, hit his mouth... alot. Then we had a coming to god moment b/c he wouldn't stop charging in canter- hence why reins were tight. Kinda a bad night. Love him deeply though.
Don't know where my sudden "jumping fad" started but I can say it ends tonight.
I've decided to not jump him anymore. Too many things could happen to him. And I can't have that happen. I can be satisfied to know he can. But will I ever force my horse to do something he obviously hates? No.
But to keep his universal we will still be doing 2' every once in awhile