What did we do on the Fourth? We went cross country schooling of course!
Yes, these dressagey people went and "jumped" things. OK, so Sarah and Piper jumped and Jade and I well... we walked over things lol. I've been wanting to go schooling for a while now. You can take me out of the sport but you can't fully take the sport out of me.
Upon arrive, Piper was a bit meh until... SHE REALIZED SHE WAS AT THE PONY PLAYGROUND! The black and white pocket rocket hadn't been really off the property much the past few years while she made babies so it was funny after a couple of years that she'd remember so happily what happened at this place. Pony was jazzed in an infectious way that only Piper can do. With tack on her, Sarah tried to mount the normally rock steady Piper at a mounting block and Piper tried, she really did, but it was like a kid trying to wait to enter Chuck E. Cheese. She just.. couldn't. I ended up tossing Sarah on her and Piper was like YES LETS GO PERSON AND DO THINGS!!!
It's impossible to not laugh at a horse that LOVES what it's about to do.
Jade meanwhile, was super chill. My goal was to get a nice happy outing as this was her first time doing anything like this off property with me. We walked the stadium "course" of tiny cross rails and it looked promising. We sauntered to the cross country course and checked things out. The original goal was just to hack but well... logs needed some jumping.
A tiny baby log was found and I walked Jade over it. Sarah gave in and let Piper jump it. I just told her to do a dressage trot to it and let the rest happen. Just like that... pretty jump. We shortened Sarah's stirrups and she was excited to be in sight of her "lady balls." I laughed and.. walked my giant black tank of a horse who was struggling to understand uneven ground lol.
Another log and we hit the water jump. Jade was fascinated and tried to be a chicken but quickly figured it out. We did a "drop" fence which Jade was skeptical about at first but quickly got it. I explained to Sarah and they got it done easily. Onward we went into the woods and Jade "spooked" at a Prelim jump hidden in the woods so we checked it out and she realized it wasn't a big scary thing to eat her, just something furniture looking. I got Sarah to jump a few more things and she settled in pretty well, ending with the box jump (top) and a mix of happy, adrenaline, excitement, and terror by the end. She was also floored by how much Piper LOVES jumping and not in an out of control way, but in a true "I love this all day every day" sort of way. I smiled and we went back to the main field for a quick canter (or in Jade's case hopping up and down) and called it a day before it was too hot.