Friends, you’re not going to believe this!
Actually, if you know me, you probably will believe it.
My Mommy and I broke our own high-jump record again today! We jumped four and a half feet! Yeah, you read that right – 4 feet and 6 inches!
One day, when I’m a famous Grand Prix jumper, the reporters are going to ask me, “Icchy Star, do you have any advice for hopeful young horses out there who want to follow in your hoof-prints?” And I’ll tell ’em, “Yes! My advice is to get your humans to give you MARSHMALLOWS! Because marshmallows give you WINGS!”
Okay, you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about marshmallows when I was supposed to be telling you about jumping. But I’ll get there!
I know that marshmallows aren’t exactly good for me, or healthy… but I tried my first marshmallow yesterday, and it was like munching on chewy, sugary air! It was delicious! I didn’t even really know how to chew it at first. My Mommy told me that I could only have marshmallows as a special treat once in a while. I wish I could have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! They are absolutely scrumptious!
My Mommy told me that today could be a jumping day since I worked yesterday and it was beautifully sunny today. It was still pretty cold, but it felt nice in the sunshine. And there was enough sun to dry up all the snow we got yesterday and most of the mud! My Daddy even dragged the arena for us so that the footing would be nice and fluffy.
Before she got on, my Mommy gave me a marshmallow and told me it was a “bribe.” She told me that I would get more marshmallows if I behaved and did my absolute best while we jumped. That sounded like an easy deal! I mean, in my opinion, I always behave… And you know that I always try my best when I jump because I love jumping!
So, we warmed up on the flat, and then jumped a few lower jumps and yada yada yada. Now for the good part! Every time we jumped the oxer successfully, my Daddy would raise the poles up a little higher, and we’d try again. By the time we were finished, my Mommy was confident that we had broken a new record – so my Daddy grabbed a measuring tape and measured the jump while Mommy and I walked around to cool down our muscles. Sure enough, Daddy reported back that the jump was four and a half feet high! That’s three full inches higher than our last record!
Needless to say, we walked a lot afterward and my Mommy put that minty green stuff on my legs that she calls “liniment.” She wrapped all of my legs in big, fluffy “pillow wraps” so they don’t get stocked up… and, true to her word, she gave me more marshmallows as a reward!
Honestly, I really think it was the marshmallows that gave me the energy to jump so high today. Not that I couldn’t do it without marshmallows. It’s just that I LOVE marshmallows! You can bribe me with those sweet, yummy treats anytime!
Okay, friends. That’s all I have to say for right now. I’ve eaten my grain and some warm, steamed hay – so now I think I’ll curl up on my bed of soft shavings and take a long nap. It was a good day. I hope y’all had a good day, too!