I have made it no secret that the cross country phase of eventing has caused me serious anxiety in the past.I legitimately used to walk the course and and convince myself I would not die. There were many times that I would want to run screaming in the other direction. Which is a big part of why I stopped trying to event with Houston. Props to the various trainers that have gotten me to the point where I started to enjoy running cross country.
As Annie and I are building a partnership and learning the ropes again together I am finding that I really am not afraid of much at the Beginner Novice level on the courses that I have seen. Thank you CourseWalk for the ability to stalk ALL of the courses.
I still don’t love jumps with cut outs but for the most part at beginner novice I do not get nervous about many fences anymore. Now as we move up I will admit that I am not super excited about jumping corners or hanging things. WHY IS THERE SO MUCH OPEN SPACE… Give me a big table any day people. But then my BO’s husband was like if you buy the wood I will built it… So enter my own hanging log jump (I will post about that process as it happens).
When I started eventing I started blabbering to friends about what a weenie I was and how nervous I am. That was me being stuck in my head. Enter Amanda who is my “cut the bull” friend. Beginner Novice is doable for most horses. Annie takes stuff on with gusto… Now I find myself thinking – hmm… Novice looks pretty doable… I wonder if I could be schooling training next year? WHO AM I??