Answer: harder than it looks. Melanie Eberhardt, a dressage rider, shares her recent experience of learning how to jump.
Melanie writes, “Bubba and I are learning how to jump. He loves it. I’m terrified. But I’m trying to ignore my fear and take one for Team Bubs because jumping makes my horse giddy and happy. This NickerDoodle is inspired by my first ‘lesson’ with our horse friends.”
I am an artist in Atlanta. When I’m not painting, I’m riding horses. I have 3 retired Arabians and a snotty pony at home. They keep me on my toes. Three years ago I bought a young OTTB straight off the track. My new fella, Bubba, and I are learning dressage. Sadly, I’m the weak link on Team Bubba, but I learn something every time we ride so it’s all good. I started NickerDoodles to document the horsey antics that abound within my world. I’m very fortunate to balance my life with things that I love – painting and riding – and NickerDoodles gives me a forum to share. If we’re not laughing at our horses and ourselves, we’re probably crying. I prefer to laugh! I hope everyone enjoys NickerDoodles.
Please visit my central website: www.melanieeberhardt.com.