Cross Country Prep

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I have been very lucky since having Scottie as one of my friends is very into their show jumping, so when I was jumping at Uni I had lots of grids and courses to do and getting told off if I wasn’t doing it right! However, I have never had a real jumping lesson since I’ve had Scottie.

Yesterday I had my first jumping lesson. I had it in one of our fields with a small course of jumps out. It wasn’t a big course at all, probably only 50cm on average. But it was a really good lesson and really helped. Scottie can be a bit of a pansy, because of this I often avoid ‘scarier’ jumps just to avoid a battle. But in this lesson I wasn’t allowed to avoid anything and it really helped me see that when he stops or swerves away from the jump, it is also when I am looking at the jump or not keeping my body straight.

We also have a wooden show jumping wall which I thought would be a challenge to get Scottie over without it being under a jump. However, with making sure I kept myself straight and approaching at a steady trot, I was able to get him over it fairly easily. (Albeit on our second attempt!)

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When I arrived at the yard today, someone else had been using the jumps and they were a bit higher, most of them being 70-80cm. I decided to pop him over them a couple of times just so he had jumped something a similar size as to what we are doing tomorrow. I kept in mind what we did in the lesson yesterday and he was perfect! We didn’t look at anything and popped calmly over the wall on our first attempt!

I don’t have any photos of us jumping… but I took some photos of the jumps instead! The past few days has made me feel a lot better about our cross country clinic tomorrow and I’m sure that as long as I look up and keep my balance we should be fine!

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One thought on “Cross Country Prep

  1. ponydreamer

    August 8, 2015 at 4:04pm

    It’s amazing how much of a difference looking up makes! It is something I am always getting told off for not doing but it was only when I started jumping Galahad that I realised how much of a difference. If I look down he runs out. It is a great teaching method! Good luck tomorrow.

    • EquiPepper

      August 8, 2015 at 4:36pm

      I know what you mean! I know for a fact I never did it until I got Scottie. It’s almost like I’m anticipating him stopping, so looking for a reason for him to stop, which makes him stop… I never realise I’m doing it but it needs to stop! And thank you!

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