|All of the fierce.|
|Sunday morning turned out to be crisp indeed--a little bit too much so with a thick layer of frost on my truck windows.|
|Curled behind the vertical but still trying her best on a very frosty morning and I might be frozen Popsicle on a horse at this point.|
|Omg, no touchy! And lets both look down at this to ensure no jump goblins are hiding.|
Then I had time to sit in my truck with the heat blasted over lunch to thaw my frozen limbs. My next and final entry for the day was 'follow the leader' moving up to Pre-Entry from Starter level. My leader would be a wonderful training-level rider who was happy to set what ever pace I felt comfortable with. I told her to just go at a relaxed canter and I would yell if I needed her to wait. There were quite a few jumps in this round that I had never jumped before - and not even lunged her over, but there is something so comforting about following another horse (especially if that horse jumps all the things).
|Flying over the last fence and Savvy using just her ears this time to check for jump goblins|
None of my xc was pretty. From a technique point of view, perhaps it was a fail but really my main goal at this point has been canter safely between the jumps and get over all the jumps without falling off...so mostly WINNING, lol! My biggest takeaway from this year is to relax and not to demand perfect from myself - Savvy and I are learning, we are improving and there is all the time in the world for working on technique.
Xc season is over for this year here. It has been one heck of a year of learning for both myself and Savvy. She has been a fun and mostly safe horse to learn with. But how am I going to make it six months until my next xc?!!!!