I’ve mentioned in before, but the barn I board Miles at is awesome — one of the (many) perks are the miles and miles of groomed trails right behind the barn. Not only that, but the farm has a huge jump field with natural logs and (brand new!) cross country jumps. Ever since I started riding out on the grass and hitting the trails more, I’ve wanted to jump the jumps in the field. Of course, the stars never aligned because I’m way too much of a ring baby to do it without my trainer.
Last month though, things finally came together and IT HAPPENED. TWICE. You read that right — this little ring baby, teeny weeny amateur is growing up. I did, however, take full advantage of a much more seasoned rider jumping Miles around some of the jumps first. My wonderful barn manager (and childhood friend), Dianne, agreed to ride Miles in the jump field and pop him over some jumps for me. So I set up a lesson with trainer, and we all trekked down to the jump field one morning.
The bugs weren’t too bad and Miles was pretty good. He played a few times, but Dianne was able to easily correct him. They jumped a lot of the smaller stuff, and when she didn’t see a spot Miles did his job and jumped anyways. After watching them go around, I hopped aboard. I think I trotted two jumps and cantered one and that was it — I was just SO DAMN HAPPY. Jumping in the field has been on my goals list for more than a year… and we finally did it!
In fact, I had so much fun that a few weeks later we did it again. This time I felt confident enough to just hop aboard myself. Miles played a little bit more, so I only felt confident enough to trot fences, but we jumped MORE and different fences than I had the first time. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again!