Broken elbow be damned, I decided to take Georgie for a conditioning ride. I thought I was being so smart and safe about it by inviting two friends to ride with me.
It wasn’t so smart, or safe, as Georgie essentially wanted to race the other fit horse who hadn’t been out in 3 weeks. It was horrible. I couldn’t stop. At all. But Georgie had a blast galloping through my hand.
Trainer Sarah decided she should just ride Georgie more because clearly I was messing her up even more than could be expected of a person with a broken elbow.
So, she tuned her up Tuesday and after Georgie became supple and responsive to her aids she decided to “treat” her by letting her jump a jump or two.
Georgie’s ears perked forward the minute she saw the jump. She soared over it at 3′ so I raised it two holes. She soared over that.
We decided to raise it again.
“One or two holes?” I asked.
“Whatever you want.” Trainer replied.
Are you kidding me? If my trainer is riding my horse, I am SO raising it two holes. See how high the horse can jump! The pole was now one hole from the top of the standard. Probably 3’9 or so.
I’d be lying if I said it went perfectly. She hit it hard the first time. But then, then she got a good distance and soared over it. She actually used her neck to jump a jump.
For trainer Sarah, the jump she hit was more importantthan the one she got over. She wanted to see how the mare handled having a rail between her legs. Georgie handled it like a pro. Landed easily and went on. For me, I needed to see that this horse can jump out of her comfort zone and get it done.
And she can.
Thank God. Because I think she is going to be so fun to take Prelim. Now, I need to catch up to her.
Here’s the video which is worth a watch if for nothing else that Sarah and my reaction at the end:
Heal elbow, heal!