… an alternate title for this post could be “Why I should be a Dressage Rider”. Because despite this:
And the show photos from Longleaf show just how squirrelly things can get sometimes.
I already discussed just how spooky the XC was, causing more than one rider to be ejected before even making it to fence 4. For an already spooky horse like Jack, it made for some gritty riding and hollow fences. And a lot of reminders that over/under/through are his only options thanks to Mr. Tappy. (No yellow horses were abused that day, despite the ugliness)
Of course, it wasn’t all bad though, and actually a few parts of the course rode quite well:
But, lest anyone think that XC is the only place where half-strides and hollow jumps exist, there’s always showjumping.
I should do some math on my ratio of shit spots vs looking like we have our ish together.
It just goes to show you that it’s easy to pick and choose what you show on the internet. But to every perfect jump round, a lot of crappy efforts were made along the way. One day we’ll get there.