This has been a fun week for Galahad. We don’t have any shows lined up in the near future so we have been having a bit of a play. We had a go at some gymkhana games which can be tricky as things like flags are often scary. Just how scary varies day to day. We haven’t played games for a few months now so Galahad needed building up to the real scary stuff. I got a very bad grip on a pair of socks and dropped them. They hit one of his forelegs and he took off across the field. Still a lot of work to be done!
Jumping is something Galahad really does like though. He is always keen to jump and touch wood seems to run out a lot less now. He has been such a good teacher for me. Looking down has always been a bit of a weakness of mine but I found that if I looked down at the jump he almost always ran out. That gave me an incredible incentive to look up!
Our hacks have been pretty wet, over the weekend especially. It turns out that my waterproof trousers are now not so much waterproof and more just trousers! In one of our dry spells we went up to have a canter in the exciting galloping field only to find that it had sprouted scary round things.
I didn’t ride him round them though as he felt pretty wound up and I was by myself so thought I’d be sensible. The next field hadn’t been cut so we had a nice canter round that. At least, that was the plan. He started the first canter with his head well down which always unnerves me as I remember his bucking very well! The next canter started better but I could feel him wanting to go and as we got round the corner he took off and properly galloped up the hill. I don’t think we’ve ever been so fast! I almost left it at that but decided to try the last canter. Before we had even got down the hill Galahad was ready and he galloped across it then round in a nice curve. That was enough and we went home. Without someone to watch me it seemed a bad idea to have an argument with him when he was so wound up.
All in all it has been an exciting few days. This evening is much calmer – I rode before work so am now catching up on the European showjumping. I will miss having the Europeans to watch every day!