For a few weeks now I have been wanting to take Dobby XC schooling to see what he thinks. When trainer mentioned that she was planning a schooling trip for this weekend it was a no brainer to go. The stars finally aligned this weekend. Or so I thought. The weather prediction pretty sketchy but after riding while getting pelted in the face with sleet on Friday Amanda and I figured Saturday’s weather would be an improvement.
Unfortunately the footing at the facility we went to was way too saturated to do much. I was not about to go skidding into fences with Inca. Introducing a few things to Dobby seemed like the best way to make the most out of our 4 hour round trip though. I figured worst case I would get to show Dobby around a future show venue. Best case I hoped he could pop over some starter fences.
Dobby totally exceeded my expectations. From his very improved loading to how he handled the new environment I couldn’t have asked for more. The only thing that he balked at was what I am now calling a troll bridge from the stabling area to the rest of the facility. To be honest I can’t blame him.
For the most part it was all super uneventful. Dobby was more interested in surveying the property or eating than he was about worrying. I will take it! He is all try and had such a pleasant attitude for everything that I asked. This horse continues to impress me every day. I can’t wait to see what he thinks about the horse show this weekend. Intro dressage here we come!
Have you all introduced horses to fences on the ground? I have free jumped before but this is the first time I had ever worked a horse in hand like this. It was really fun!