XC and SJ Lesson Recap

Don’t mind me, I’m just over here losing all the things… my ice boots, the $60 I had in my pocket, my mind….

XC schooling over the weekend was pretty mentally exhausting for the golden boy and I. Our focus was on creating a positive experience and getting over some baby ditches/banks- issues that bubbled up at the Boyd Clinic. And it wasn’t resolved without some initial drama.

moment of drama

little more drama with a hint of tail

too. much. drama.

Luckily my trainer has literal balls of steel and she helped Jack make better life choices. And he did. Including going over a baby ditch on the very first try.

We were able to even revisit the first ditch at the end of our schooling, and Jack remembered to move horizontally instead of vertically- wise decision indeed, and a lesson that hopefully he will remember when we get out there again in January.

Not one to let things lie, we then had a jump lesson yesterday. Golden boy’s brain was fully intact, and all the “scary” things were jumped the first time around. My challenge is to ride effectively and not let my defensive habits take over when I get worried. Unfortunately I have no media, but know that despite the scary screenshots from above, the Barbie Dream Horse continues to be in my good books.

15 thoughts on “XC and SJ Lesson Recap

  1. Scary things are scary. But it looked like he got the idea after a few repetitions. And his gorgeousness has to get him a little leeway here and there. 😉

  2. Jackson Barbie Dream Horse! Keep your feet on the ground unless going over the jump! 😉 Hehehehe … he’s still such a cutie… and at least he is showing progress!!! Before you know it ditches will be a thing of the past and he’ll skip happily over them in your lovely training level coffin canter 😁

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