I very nearly didn’t ride Galahad this evening. I had a busy day yesterday, I was at work all day today and had already ridden Cookster out so I was pretty tired and wanted to curl up with a book. However, I told myself that was not the right attitude and tacked him up. It was too good an evening to waste anyway.
We had a pretty decent schooling session. The ground is a little rutted from the winter but is actually in surprisingly good condition considering how wet it has been. I was pleased with Galahad too – we don’t manage a lot of schooling over the winter but he worked well and is even improving at picking up the correct canter lead on the right rein – he got it right nearly every time today!
I was hoping to get in a little jumping as well but I was more cautious with that. We hadn’t jumped at all yet this year and in the past if Galahad has had a break from jumping he has had a tendency to get over excited when we pick it up again – he either rushes at the fences or gallops off after them. I made sure he was calm and listening to me before I attempted a jump, then I introduced some very small fences, keeping strictly to a trot.
I was very pleasantly surprised as he popped neatly over them and showed no sign of getting above himself. Before long we were happily cantering over the bigger, scarier jumps.
It was a very positive start to this year’s jumping. We will hopefully manage to harrow the field this week and then I’ll be able to put out the rest of the jumps. I was lucky enough to get some new fillers for my birthday this year and I am very excited about trying them out!