"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Run, jump - part 1.

It's Tuesday and I am happy to report all is going well.  

Sunday was a group show jumping lesson for Lauren, Cindy, Aileen, and me.  We had a good time being outside for the first time in months.  We have been contained by walls for too long.  Tyler and Napoleon showed off all the hard work we've been doing.  We even jumped the chevron which was on Lauren's to jump list.  It was so nice on Sunday, I jumped in short sleeves.  Sunday night was baked mac & cheese at the house with the crew.  I like that family dinner atmosphere.

 Why can't we jump like this every time?
Leaving a little early for the chevron, but he got the job done. 

Monday, Valentine's Day, was also our first cross country schooling day.  I can't think of a better way to spend the holiday.  It was 72 with a good breeze, but t-shirts were the correct attire. We went to Sandy Hills which is one of the nicest places in Aiken.  The four of us schooled together again.  Sally had us take it easy to see where we were and how the horses felt.  Tyler was spot on.  He gets annoyed when I get in his way about things.  I should stop thinking so much and just ride.  We did water, an up bank, ditches, and quite a few Novice elements.  I was very pleased that Tyler took me to every fence and was right where we left off in the fall.

 Water! It's not frozen.
 Cross country warm up.
As for today, we were going to ride in Hitchcock Woods this afternoon but there is a drag fox hunt and that's more excitement than I need.  Lauren and I are taking dressage lessons.  This evening, the women old enough to drive are headed to the Willcox Hotel.  Apparently that is the place to be on Tuesday nights in Aiken.  I guess my barn jeans are out of the question.

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