Monday, May 23, 2016

XC Blast

First cross country school of the year is in the books! We had a blast. The weather was rainy when I headed over and I was worried that it was going to be a miserable ride. Luckily though, I pulled up to the barn and it had stopped raining. We rode around the property and the sun even came out.

Misty refusing to pose and be cute
"No more photos plz"

Misty was SO good. I was worried she wouldn't be very good after over 6 months of no jumping, not to mention 8 months since we went cross country. But she was on her best behavior. I put a running martingale on her just in case because of her bad habits she learned from her lessor though I was slightly nervous it'd backfire. It was actually pretty good idea though because Misty was in attack mode. She'd lock onto the  jumps and it was a really great feeling since usually she has to be pushed over the jumps and I wasn't sure how it was going to work out since I didn't have a crop or spurs. But she was in the cross country mode!

She will lock on to stadium jumps but she's never done that with a cross country jump. She was game for everything I pointed her at, though for the most part we kept to to small stuff. She only spooked at one natural log on the ground that for some reason was scary, but eventually she got over it.

It was such a good ride, I had a lot of fun! We went with a friend from school and her horse was super excited to be on cross country too. It was really great to find a new horse friend, not to mention one that does eventing (although she's wayyy better at it than I am) so I probably talked her ear off the entire time I was so excited.

Telling Misty to watch and learn from PR's awesome pony

Afterwards we let the ponies graze and had some ciders. It was a perfect way to spend a great day.


  1. Looks like a perfect day for it too!

  2. Looks like a gorgeous day! Sounds like you had a blast!