by, 08-17-2009 at 11:18 PM (2408 Views)
Moonie and I had such a good day on sunday!!
I could not have asked her to be better. Let's start off by saying that this is her very first horse show and she's very, very inexperienced. Before that day, I had never jumped her over a course of any more than 5 jumps. On sunday she did two flat and two over-fences classes with unfamiliar horses in a ring full of fences decorated in scary flowers and she didn't batt an eyelash. She was calm and quiet and responsive.
My coach said she looked like an old pro on the flat. I mean, she had a couple moments where she would rush through my hands or not travel quite straight, but those are green horse things that I didn't correct. We got a seventh in one of the classes.
In the first trip over fences I was riding like complete crap. I wasn't supporting her with my hands and encouraging her with my legs the way I should have been, but she was very honest and jumped everything. She was also being really brave and jumping big over the teeny tiny baby fences that were about as high as she's jumped before. The second trip was better because I removed my head from my behind and started riding her correctly. Moonie responded perfectly. She never rushed towards the fences and jumped them all nice and straight. We got an eighth in the class
Basically, she was wwwaaaayyy better than my riding warranted and I'm SO proud of her! The day made my whole summer
Here are some photos:
On the flat
Being brave in our warm-up course
I don't know why on earth I'm looking down, but Moonstone looks ADORABLE
She has her own album on my profile page now