So I haven’t jumped a whole lot since January. In fact by my estimation it’s probably been 10 times through out the year and most of that has been this fall. I spent a lot of time “weight training” with Bella and conditioning her. While I love to jump and flatwork is definitely not my favorite thing, there’s definitely a good reason to do flatwork so much of the time. Building up the muscle and body control on the flat rather than just jumping the legs off my horse is long run beneficial. Contrary to belief, you don’t NEED to jump a lot to get good over fences (shocker, right). But in November I jumped twice (whaaaat?)! (Also, just so you know I jumped in December too because when an amazing opportunity pops up, you take it!)
So November 3rd I took Bella out with the intention of finally bumping the fences up to 3 ft. This had been my goal all year long, to be jumping that height again by the fall. I honestly could have probably done it back in September or October but I’m so cautious about Bella. I really want to make sure she was ready. That post is a little further down. BUT, even after thinking I was done jumping for the year, I figured out a time for Josh to come out and take some videos of me in the daylight so I could really get a good look at how we were going. I’m so glad I did this, I was completely blown away.
The first picture was our second time going through, first time on video (thanks Josh). The second and third pictures are both from the same jump. My reins got a little long and as a result I was focusing on riding her so that she wouldn’t just land and take off with me as she’s known to do. Overall I was SO pleased with her. I thought my legs could have been a little more stable but because my stirrups were a hole longer than I normally like them I forgave myself. I was pleased with my release, my upper body, everything really. I obviously got a little “looky” in those second pictures and that’s something I still need to work on BUT my upper body isn’t super twisted to look in that direction so I’m going to let that slide too. I’m honestly just so proud of where we are considering where we came from. I know I’ve posted it before but I’m going to repost a photo line up of my year jumping in another post coming up so you can really see the progression. Because baby girl is BACK!
I honestly contribute so much of this to Smartpak’s SMART Tranquility btw. Anyone think they’d let me be an ambassador for just that supplement? I will sing it’s praises until the day my horse decides to stop being an anxious hot mess without it.