Jumping Again

As I am not spending any money competing or going out with the ponies at the moment I decided it was time to treat myself to some new show jump wings.  I have been wanting some for a long time and finally had the impetus to do it.

They came flat packed but were easy to put together.  Cookster was very interested in the process!

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It is lovely to have some extra fences up and it has made me feel able to use two whole sets of wings for a small spread fence.  The ponies have both jumped fences like this in lessons and at competitions but we have never done it at home before.  The added variety is good for all of us and the ponies seem to enjoy it just as much as I do!

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Despite that, Cookster decided to put in a very dramatic stop in front of a fence he’s been jumping quite happily for weeks.  For a moment I thought we were both going over.

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That didn’t stop me having a fun evening playing with both ponies and I can’t wait to do it again!

 

Back to Jumping

It has been a long time since the ponies last had a jump.  We stopped jumping in October or November when the field got too wet to be safe and of course we had a long gap over lockdown when first I wasn’t riding at all and then I was being extra careful when I did.  Now though, I have finally made the effort to set the jumps out again.  Typically, the dog was the most excited about this.

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I wasn’t quite sure how Galahad would react to jumping for the first time in about nine months.  He loves to jump and can get very strong and over excited.  There was every possibility that those months off might mean he was unmanageable to start with.

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Of course, as is pretty much always the case, I need not have worried at all.  Galahad behaved impeccably and was even a little sluggish to start with – but then schooling on the flat is not at all exciting as far as he is concerned.  He perked up once we actually started to jump and by the end he was starting to get a bit stronger and I felt I was having to hold him back.

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We had a great time and I am looking forward to a lot more jumping over the summer.