This weekend a fellow boarder and I went cross country schooling at a local park. My main objective was to school over some novice height obstacles. I try to set a plan for schooling but with a green horse main objective is always to keep things positive. Primarily I wanted to school some hanging/airy jumps (before tackling the one I built) and to get Annie into another water complex. The rest of it was just for me to help mentally prepare for our move up in October. Annie did not disappoint which should come as no surprise though!
She was very confident and while we have been showing both over fence phases in a simple full cheek I might have to add a little more brakes because sassy pants thought it would be fun to gallop everything or land with a firecracker up her butt.
I didn’t get pictures of most of the stuff we schooled so here are some pics that I snatched off CourseWalk. We schooled almost all of the novice fences and even some training. How did I get so freaking lucky guys?
While schooling the water complex I asked Annie to drop into and jump out of the water. I thought it would be fun to go over a fence in the water and while this jump wasn’t water on take off and landing it gave me confidence that that question wont be an issue for Annie.
PWP has house jumps for days and Annie will jump them all! We were also able to jump a combination type question (not very close honestly) with the weird log jump above before getting to the chevron ramp below. The photo below shows the BN and N hanging logs. It is HUGE for me that when we were warming up over a set of 3 logs I worked my way up to the training log below and didn’t think twice about it.I kind of assumed it was Novice and that the other smaller versions were starter and Beginner Novice. Apparently Annie isn’t the only one that has gotten braver. The logs were super inviting and it was no big deal at all to progress to the T level version of the fence. Though as mentioned above I did assume it was Novice before getting home and scoping out CourseWalk – there were no numbers up.
My favorite jump of the day was definitely the big training table below. When Annie cantered up to that beast like it was NBD I knew that she was loving life. She cemented that thought when we landed and she playfully started to buck.
How do you guys decide when its time to move up? I have never competed above Beginner Novice in eventing but I am always curious how fellow eventers (and trainers) determine when is the right time to move up.