Rambled about it some time ago.
How she’d just plow straight through even a half-foot tall single pole. No kidding. (Find it here: Grey Mare don’t jump.)
Well. No one showed up to teach it to her. So we did it on our own. 🙂
Told her she wasn’t allowed to jump high. She did it anyway. Sassy. Where’d she get that from?
– OMG! A barrel! I’m going to jump it!
Nope, no. No you’re not. It’s not what we do. You don’t have the skills to do it, it could be harmful, and besides, it could confuse your training.
– Oh yeah?! Just watch me! I go!
No, we do dressage, you’re a bit lazy, and some say you’re simply not built for it. Besides, you don’t look the part. And I’m not entirely convinced you know how to canter correctly. Just stick to some circles and low-level stuff.
– Um, what? It’s not for me? But I thought I could do anything?
Hate to break it to you, but it’s not in your cards. Besides, it builds all the wrong muscles. And that harsh landing, argh, pounding straight down on the forehand! It looks painful, and it twists the sacroiliac, and do it enough you’ll have an ugly Hunter’s Bump.
– But… I want to be something too. We can’t just have a little fun? Besides, just WHO gets to make up all the rules?
Simple facts. Accept your path, don’t monkey around.
– I don’t CARE. Look! I’m doing it!
Smokes, Wow you did it! Wish you’d feel the same about, well, just trotting straight forward…
– I told you so!!
OK, I think we should do some suppling work. Or think classical. Or walk slowly in a small circle while I limp backwards and almost topple over every fourth step.
– Hey, I’ve been thinking about something by the way…
Doesn’t look like much thinking.
– I thought that maybe now, when you’re in a cast and feeling vulnerable and all….
– I thought you should whip out the bareback pad and we’ll do some work together. What do you say?
I say you’ve lost it and need to move on, and this is a very awkward blog post.
– Fine, whatevers. Now I go Faaaaast!
– Weeeeh! Check me out, I did this from trot.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!