On Wednesday July 2, we went to Donida Farm to practice on their cross country course. It was great to get out in the open to ride. Jack and I have been working a lot on stadium jumping, so we were ready for a change of pace. He was a very good boy, and I was less nervous than the last time I went schooling, so that felt great!
Here we are going over our first log. I'm trying to remember to keep my elbows in when I jump, but often have too many other things to think of ;-)
We did the drop into the water a whole bunch of times. It was fun to splash into the water off the bank. I have to remind myself next time to grab my breastplate strap to keep my hands down, but we had no problems at this obstacle. Jack's expression shows how much fun he's having!
Nice even knees over this coop. There were some bison in a field off to the right of this part of the course. Jack spooked at a log closer to the fence line before this jump. We just barely jumped the end of the log the first time! But after that he forgot about the 'aliens' and jumped it again very nicely.
Jack is very good over ditches. I think they are fun, too! Thankfully I have a horse that doesn't think of them as horse-eating traps like some do.
Okay, so I know I'm jumping ahead in this picture. However, this was the most fun obstacle of the day! We rode up a bank, off a drop, and then turned left to this rolltop. It was like a roller coaster! I let Jack open up and gallop after this fence because we were both so happy :-)
Here's the whole group. Alyssa on Josh, Anna on Gus, Kelvie on Kiwi, me and Jack, Alex on Cody, and our instructor, Anne, on Ole. I think schooling is even more fun than showing because you're out with your friends, and there's no pressure of competition. It was such a great afternoon!