Monday, 25 May 2009

A busy few days!

Don't know where to start!!

Buster had his back shoes put on on Friday and we thought it best to give him a day off after his XC.

Saturday i was Point to Pointing so rode nice and early. Buster went on his 1st hack alone and was very good once we got out of the gates at home as they were the scariest things he had seen!!

Sunday was a busy day again - we went to Hilltop XC schooling with a friend. The aim today was ditches, water and step and they were all ticked off the list! We started just popping over some smaller stuff then jumped some light to dark jumps. After this we headed to the steps and he just jumped up all three and then back down them! :) Its like hes done it all before. We then did a ski jump and a trakehner, didn't even look at the ditch! Then we went to do the ditches and well he just went straight over!! Then we headed off to the quarry to do some more steps and ditches - all done very well. Finally we headed to the water - he walked straight in! He was a little shocked when i asked him to move in it though - not quite sure he knew what he had stepped in to! In the end he was happily jumping in and out and jumped fences after the water. All in all a super day!

And finally today, Monday! Busters 2nd PC rally. Today it was more XC schooling this time at Lincobe. We were in a group of 4 so it was perfect for him. They have a lovely selection of little jumps so we started off over those - think the very small ones are getting a bit small for him now though. We then headed on to a small water filled ditch and straight over he went! Then on to the proper waters - there were 3 to go in so had a play in all of them just walking and trotting through. Next was a complex of jumps - this was good to get him thinking! We started off with 2 logs and then moved to a ditch to a log on 3 strides and then to a palisade to log on 2 strides. I'm finding now i can ride him more in to a fence like a proper horse and do have to sometimes make up his mind for him as he can be a little casual!! We then did a few jumps as a course and on to a hanging log to another hanging log on top of a bank. I wasn't going to do the log on the bank but he locked on so i thought it would be a shame to pull him out and he did it beautifully! Then back to the water ditch, where we added the rails either side to make a coffin - he jumped it both ways very well. And we went back to the water to jump a fence after it so we cantered through the water a few times and did the jump well. Was going to finish there but some in the group wanted to jump some skinnies so we carried on. The only skinnie was 2 blue barrels on there side and after a look at them he jumped them alot better than i was prepared for!! He just keeps on surprising me!!

Poor pony then had a lunch break and wasn't keen for standing on the lorry but he has to learn, which he did quite quickly when he didn't get any attention! :( Then back on to Show jump - We didn't jump to much but what he did jump he did very well - we started with a X pole with a upright rail in, then moved on to an upright followed by a oxer with a water tray underneath - he didn't even look at it!! Popped through a 2 stride double next with a filler as the second part and again didn't even look at the filler so thought we would try the wall and he didn't even look at that either! Another great day so im really looking forward to Sunday now!

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