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Jocelyn writes, “If you’re one of those people that are temporarily rig-less (without a truck and trailer) then you absolutely know where I’m coming from in this situation…. Your friend invites you to go cross country schooling and you JUMP at the opportunity to get your horse off the property and do something different, before you can even think to yourself ‘Is this really a good idea, is my horse ready, is my horse broke?’ Meh… just details!!
“I had my new horse, Izzo, walk/trot/cantering under saddle for maybe 2 weeks before this picture was taken, but just had to see if he was mentally capable of being a solid event prospect. We warmed up over some small logs, and I’m starting to feel pretty confident that this guy had what it took to be a cross country fighting machine!! The previous day I watched someone fall off at this small chair-rolltoppy-thing, and thought it was a pretty inviting fence…what’s the big deal?? LET’S DO IT! It was one of those situations that you can ‘see the stop’ coming from a mile away. I put my leg on and hoped for the best, but he SLAMMED on the breaks at the base of the fence and fell to his knees. What a wimp!! I was rocket launched onto his head and shimmied my way down his neck to push myself back into the tack. SUCCESS!! Cheers to NOT falling off on your first day out schooling with a new horse!”
Man, Jocelyn, crap happens sometimes but it sounds like everything turned out for the best. Good luck with your baby event horse–we see big things in your future!
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