Well, that still breaks my heart !
Alas, it is not always the case. I guess having a blog to feed on a regular basis makes the pressure worse. You *need* them shots to illustrate your thoughts, because a photohgraphy oriented blog without photos sounds a little phony, doncha think ? (the same way endless diatribes by gearheads on photo boards are rarely accompanied by pictures… I know what to think of the author then !).
Wow, before you laugh your head off at how puny this jump is, and how ridiculously forward I’m sitting compared to the miserable height I’m facing, please bear in mind this 44 yr old mon hasn’t jumped on a horse for well over a decade, and skillfully so for a couple more (ok, last time I was proficient at jumping, I must have been 12…).
My last previous efforts to date had been a disaster, like 10 tries… 10 falls. So I needed a fresh start from scratch, with both a teacher I admire and wholeheartedly trust, and a perfectly safe horse : meet “Lulu”
Lulu is 19 years old. She’s the perfect schooling mare for a novice jumper like me, who also happens to be a chicken, and an average rider at best. Lulu was absolutely wonderful today, she babied me and made sure that everything was easy and smooth. Lulu thinks she’s old and today was hot, so she needn’t jump a single inch higher or faster than absolutely necessary. The whole experience was as comfortable and secure as sitting in my own couch.
The forward position come from expecting a much tougher bump, but with Lulu you hardly feel you’re jumping at all !! She doesn’t go high up, then hard down, she just breezes over the bars totally effortlessly.