Last weekend, we went XC schooling at Texas Rose. I had only schooled there once before – the Starter course – so I was both excited and nervous to go jump the BN course. Because those jumps are totes max, yo. Definitely the biggest in the area, and much bigger than the ones on the courses I did back in Georgia.
But, we’ve been amping up our balls lately and actually having decent pace, so I thought it was going to be mostly OK. And my favorite, Sarah, was in town visiting, so she was my videography and water-carrying bitch. She’s the best like that.
Warmed up and started jumping. All was good, but we were a bit slow. Went to the next set of jumps, and Olls and I were the last of the group to go over the bridge… and suddenly Mr. Herdbound was really anxious to get back to his friends. This was UPHILL, y’all. Look at us fly. OK, OLLIE LEVEL “fly” anyway.
We kept on, and Olls was all whatevsies about the up bank.
Then he decided to get all strong going toward the down bank, but I still managed to mostly contain the freight train (although my reins got long AF).
When we got to the last three jumps on course, I was pooping my pants a bit. I had seen so many horses take offense to the last two jumps… including my friend Felicia’s horse who did a stop-and-heave maneuver, because scary.
But, I put my big girl pants on and went in with some good pace. We hit a slightly long spot to the second-to-last jump, and Olls threw me off a bit with his huge effort. OK, righted myself and moved on. We were going into the last jump at a good pace.
Then Ollie saw the actual jump a few strides out and was like….. uhhhhhh, I dunno, mom. This smells like work. He very nearly stopped and was weighing his options. He noted that there was NOWHERE to run out (he likes to do a left duckout). “Oh crap. Well I know I can’t stop, as that’s extra wrong. Dagnabbit, Imma have to jump it. Hang on.” So wouldn’t you know it…. he did the same heaving maneuver, and we got over it.
Then I got the look and the “OMG go freaking do that again” from Angela, and we did it much better the second time.
Below are a few still shots from the day. I am really proud of our Balls Progress and how much more pace we have than before. If we were sloths before, now we’re at least racing snails.
I’m feeling good about Pine Hill this weekend – our move back up to BN. I think we’re gonna kick some ass. Time to slay some ADULTS!