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She Jumps!

I’m not gonna lie. I have maybe spent some time worried that June wasn’t going to know how to jump. Or would be super awkward and not talented at all. I mean, I’ve never had a baby horse before. There is zero guarantee about anything. And sure, her Dad looks like THIS when he jumps:

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Photo By: Janne Bugtrup

But hey, he’s only half of her genes.

Anyway, I was gone for 8 days, and while June got out a handful of times while I was gone, I didn’t want to ride her in my lesson the day I returned. So, instead, we decided to free jump her!

 

Now, I know what you’re picturing. Huge, elaborately decorated jumps. But, let me let you in on a secret. Free jumping actually isn’t as exciting as it is in those fancy broadcasts you see with super fancy horses. For us, we started with groundpoles. And we raised the jumps to about 2’3 at the end. It was lots of me chasing June around and trying to get her into the chute. It’s not glamorous people.

But it is fun. Especially when your baby horse figures it out quickly and thinks she is HOT SHIT and gallops around every time she exits the chute.

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Clearing the groundpole…

IMO she had great form, a great brain, and was super excited about jumping! Not that I am biased.

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2’3 was about 2 feet too small 😉

It was so fun to watch and worth all the running around to catch her and put her in the chute after each go.

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Love those happy ears

Sadly the next day we were back in the round pen, with a dressage saddle, but she’s still thinking all about how great she was at jumping.

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Jumping Georgie

The great news is that Georgie is still feeling great!

This past week we worked on some light dressage. I started by riding for 20 minutes and gradually worked up to a full 25 minutes by weeks end. It’s amazing to me how quickly one falls out of riding shape. I’m not in the best shape of my life by any means but I was embarrassed by the fact that I was breathing hard in the canter. While I haven’t been running I have been doing spin classes, barre classes and hiking up mountains Yet just cantering in circles was tough. Honestly, so embarrassing.

My back felt ok. Not great, but I think its getting better. I am doing some core exercises everyday and hope that by the end of January I will be back to where I was….

Today Georgie and I partook in a free jump extravaganza. Extravaganza is not the right word, as there were just 6 horses and it was some of Sarah’s pony club members along with myself and another adult. Georgie was feeling good.  She flew around the arena and the poles in the chute like a maniac. Sarah set the first jump and it didn’t back her off so up it went. I loved seeing her so forward and happy. Of course, by the time the grid was set and the jumps were a respectable height she had worn herself out a bit. So, we didn’t push her too hard, especially since she had been inactive during her illness, but she jumped 3’6 easily and happily. She’s a good girl, thats for sure!

Here’s a link to her YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytAm6RbbK3c

Here’s to more happy days and happy horses.

xoxo

Nadia and Georgie

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