Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Poplar Place HT
Show jumping was also VERY visual in traditional Poplar style. River had a bit of a spaz out when he entered the arena and saw the Asian fan jump! I really tried to wait and let him figure out his footwork. He is still acts like a 4 year old so much of the time that I tend to want to help him out too much. I need to slide into the backseat and let him take more responsibility for his distances and balance. I my effort to stay off his back and wait for him to jump when he was ready made for a smoother and more rhythmical round. He buggered at a few of the more overwhelming fences but always made the right decision to jump over his fears!
River continues to grow up and discover his inner event horse at each HT! We would have been 3rd without the stop, but who's counting? It's nice when you've evented enough to put more value in HOW your horse performed than in what place you ended up in. We jumped about 26 jumps and he had an oopsie at 1? No biggie. Onward and upward and...when in doubt RIDE HARDER.