Canter & Candor

Canter and Candor; an honest account of an amateur equestrian and her life with an OTTB

Cross Country Schooling 4/10

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A quick apology to everyone that I kind of dropped the ball with blog posts for a month in there, mainly because I’m still adjusting to my new jobs and C has insisted on throwing all his shoes at different times, so I only really got to ride a little bit in that month.

After we got the second shoe he’d thrown that week back on, I decided that I’d seize the opportunity to take him cross country schooling at Fresno Horse Park, the facility we were intended to show at first this season. N doesn’t do many intro-friendly events, so I was really hoping to get out there at the end of April, but unfortunately– as with horses– things didn’t really pan out that way.

C was amazing over the jumps. Cleared them by miles, (mostly) listened to half-halts, and didn’t do too much funny business on the other side. It was pretty much everything in between that made N and I decide he’s not ready for his first event. He couldn’t handle the trains and couldn’t relax at all. We had a lot of baby antics, and probably spent more time off the ground than on it, even when we weren’t supposed to be jumping! The first day wasn’t so bad until the train came by, but I managed to get his brain back after that. The second day, the train came by and I never got him to relax again until he set eyes on a jump. The one thing I can say is, holy moly, this horse loves jumping. N calls showjumping and cross country his “playgrounds”, and he’ll jump anything I put him in front of without stops or run-outs or even a lot of questions, as long as I keep supporting with my leg and assertive with the rest of me.

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demon train tracks in the background

Which is seriously a blessing, because the “everything in between” problem can be fixed with experience and time– a “not jumping” problem would be a lot more difficult. Of course, I’m a little disappointed we won’t be able to show until fall now, but I’m going to put my money towards more schoolings so this kind of thing becomes routine for him and he doesn’t need to lose his mind to cope with it! The current plan is to school, school, school intro and start bleeding in a little BN over the summer, and if all goes smoothly then start showing in fall, but at BN, not Intro. Anyway, it’s the vaguest of plans, because if this weekend taught me anything (aside from how to not die on a leaping baby horse) it’s that things never go quite according to plan.

Still, though, definitely not all bad, and I can see definite improvements in my position, though I think my arms still need work for that auto release. We’re getting there!

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intro log stack

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never mind the slight lean, look at pony go!

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fancy kid

I’ll have some video to throw into a post in the near future, but for now the pics will have to do!

Again, sorry for falling off the planet for a while there. C&C is back. 🙂

— M

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5 thoughts on “Cross Country Schooling 4/10

  1. Yay Cori! What a good boy (ish). Time WILL cure all things, if Murray has taught me anything… well, most things, anyway.

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  2. Sounds like a fun outing!

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  3. What great pictures! And yes, I would choose spooky between the jumps over spooky at the jumps any day!

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