To keep being cute:
|(He's tied to a ring in the wall, in case you were panicking.)|
She agreed, but not for the same reasons. She said she'd forgotten how frisky he's gotten at his last few XC schools (including the last one where he started out bucking so I had to gallop him until he showed signs of slowing, which was about 7-8 minutes), and said he was probably getting his sillies out (see also that rocket style Dressage ride an hour earlier), but he was also uncomfortable, since it was the chippier ones he bucked hardest at. His jumps have always been uncomfortable for me to ride, and imagine how it feels for him.
|Okay, this jump happened because the ground changed color 10 feet before the jump, but still. A great example of "not comfortable."|
She and I came to the same conclusion but from different angles. Mine was "He's good at and apparently likes Dressage, so we should Dressage," and hers was "Dressage will strengthen his topline and improve his canter which will make his jumps more comfortable for both of them, so she should Dressage for a while."
|We like Dressage.|
I just feel like he's telling me "This is exciting, but a little much." Starter definitely got boring for him, we're past that. But BN right now is a coordination and confidence issue for him, yes, despite the fact that we have won a rated BN division. I want more than winning for him. I could leg this horse around an event next weekend and go double clear on XC (if there aren't any ditches) but it wouldn't be good. I want it to be good, and I want him to eat it up and be confident about it.
|From the JLC clinic. I will admit to being vain about that tail. That horse has better hair than I do.|
So I'm backing off all events for the rest of the year unless he tells me he's ready. I'm definitely doing the ISHA show just for fun (Welsh classes and $6 enter-10-minutes-before-the-gate classes? Sign me up!) We're going to take Dressage seriously, but not take anything else seriously right now, and then re-evaluate down the line.
|My little buddy.|