Jumping days and sleeping under the stars

Friends, I’m sorry that I haven’t written in such a long time… I can’t believe it’s already been three days! A lot has happened in the past three days, although I know that’s no excuse to abandon y’all. I’ll try to recapture everything that has happened, so you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything…

Monday was a rainy, dreary day, just as the day before it had been. Mommy and Daddy came to visit me in the morning, and we all crossed our hooves (or, in their case, they crossed their fingers) that the rain would stop long enough for us to get in a good workout! Even a quick workout would be nice; I just needed to get out my energy!

Well, sure enough, the rain died down to a soft drizzle, and my Mommy decided that we should get out there and at least stretch our legs. But we were afraid that we might get caught in a downpour, and she didn’t want to risk getting our saddle soaked… so she put on my bridle and hopped on me, bareback!

Walking down to the arena with Mommy.

Walking down to the arena with Mommy.

We went down to the jumping arena to see how the footing was, and we weren’t surprised to find that it was wet. We were surprised, however, to find that it wasn’t very slippery, even though it had been raining for the past few days! So, after we walked around for a while, Mommy and I trotted and cantered a little bit. Not much… just a little bit. We even worked on some shoulder-in and haunches-in exercises at the trot, and Mommy told me I was brilliant!

Practicing our dressage in the rain!

Practicing our dressage in the rain!

After a little while, we decided to walk up the hill and see how the footing was in dressage arena. Again… it was perfectly fine, even though it was wet. It felt pretty cool to be able to ride in two different arenas – even in the rain!

We worked on a few flying lead changes in the dressage arena, and again, Mommy said I did brilliantly. I didn’t even mind that it was drizzling, because Mommy and I were having so much fun!

Working on flying lead changes in the Dressage arena!

Working on flying lead changes in the Dressage arena!

We didn’t work for very long; I didn’t mind that we had a short, easy workout, because I was happy that I got to stretch my legs and get out some of my energy.

Mommy and Daddy groomed on me and made sure I was cozy and dry, and then they said goodbye… but they came back later in the evening to check on me! I was outside in my paddock, grazing with my friends, when they came back; Daddy told me that they wanted to make sure I was alright outside, since it was still raining on and off. Of course, I told them that they were embarrassing me with all of their fussing, and that I was fine. I just wanted to hang out with my friends, William and Zii!

Guys, come on... You're embarrassing me!

Guys, come on… You’re embarrassing me!

Then again, I secretly loved all of the attention they were giving me, but I couldn’t tell them that – not in front of my friends!

Anyway, the next day, Mommy told me that it was jumping day! I was excited, and I wanted to make sure that I was on my best behavior. First, we worked on jumping a whole course. I have to admit, I got a little bit cheeky… I mean, it’s not that I was bad or anything; I was just excited, so I got a little quick now and then. You know, pulling at the reins and whatnot. So, Mommy made me work on collecting and staying slow over the jumps, and then she asked me to do a couple rollbacks from one jump to another, at a collected canter – that was Daddy’s idea – and I did it perfectly. After that, we worked on an exercise that was really fun, but really tough! We did a bounce (two jumps without a stride in between) to a one stride, with an oxer at the end.

I know, I know… what’s so tough about that? Well, every time I jumped it successfully, my Daddy would spread the oxer wider and wider, until we jumped it with a five foot spread! Of course, it wasn’t the first time I’d jumped an oxer with that wide of a spread, and it certainly wasn’t the highest oxer with a five-foot-spread that I’d jumped (because I’ve jumped an oxer set at 4’2 with a five foot spread before)… but it was a lot of fun, and you know how much I love a challenge! 

Jumping an oxer with a five foot spread! We're flying!!

Jumping an oxer with a five foot spread! We’re flying!!

To my very happy surprise, I actually got to spend the entire rest of the day and the entire night outside in the paddock with my friends! Though, I was sad to find that Zii had moved on to a different paddock… but I did make a new friend named Troy! He and William and I hung out all day and all night, just eating grass and getting to know one another!

Today, I got an extra special reward for having done such a great job yesterday: my Daddy rode me!

Just the boys today!

Just the boys today!

We had a really good, light workout, and he even jumped me over a couple small jumps. We didn’t do anything serious, of course; Mommy only let us jump a little bit since we didn’t jump very big yesterday, and she made sure we didn’t jump too many times today, either. We just jumped through the bounce-to-the-one-stride-line a couple times. Oh, but don’t worry; the last jump was no longer set at a five-foot spread. It was just a small, simple vertical. We did a great job; Daddy and I always do well together!

Exercising with my Daddy!

Exercising with my Daddy!

I got to have a shower and lots of treats when I was done with my workout, and then I got to relax inside my stall. I really didn’t mind being inside for the rest of the day; it was pretty hot out today, and my stall was nice and cool. Plus, I was very tired, and took the opportunity to have a much needed nap!

It’s a beautiful night though; I’m happy to be outside again, getting ready to sleep under the stars with my two friends, William and Troy. I’ll get to have tomorrow off, since I’ve worked more than my allowed number of days in a row. I don’t mind, though, because I had a ton of pent up energy from the move and all that, so I really did need to get it all out. Now I’m as happy as can be, with my new friends and my new routine. I love my new home; I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

For the immediate future, though, I can tell you with a great deal of certainty that it holds a long, peaceful sleep! Catch y’all later…

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