First up! The Blogger TPR Challenge blog hop closes in 14 hours. Get on it! So far L. Williams is winning the gift card...because she is the only entrant. Womp womp.
Second up - you may notice it's been a week since I last blogged. My life has changed in ways I both predicted and could never have predicted in the last two weeks, (no, not pregnant). The only part I can share right now is that we're couch surfing/living out of a suitcase with friends because we sold our old house before getting the keys to the new one (hopefully today), which is all kinds of fun with two big hairy shedding dogs with separation anxiety.
We did on-property XC schooling yesterday. At home, we have multiple banks, ditches, a corner, logs, trakheners, stone walls, and other things, all no higher than novice, which is pretty cool.
|September 2014 Cathy clinic. Baby corner in the background, the jump we're over is adjustable height.|
The good: he jumped a faux ditch almost without hesitation on the first try. We did a ton of that at our XC schooling in late April, so that makes sense. He was brave and game and quiet over most things, except for a head flipping incident after a log midway through a course, but I think I caused that by going to the reins too quickly to rate him.
The less good: he lost his mind at a pile of 3 railroad ties that may have been a foot high that I asked him to go over mid-course. Like, it took me a minute to get him over that, and he could have stepped over it no problem. My trainer said it was the location - next to one of the banks, in a little depression.
|More from last summer, no pics were taken yesterday.|
Overall, though, I was happy. Most jumps were quiet and brave and in a good rhythm. Should get the keys to the new house today, so I'm not sure what this week will look like for the pony!