On Sunday Lisa and I took Thomas to Hunt Club Farm for an outing with my friend Meghan riding him. I’m still not quite ready to get on him yet because I’m not mounting and dismounting without a very tall water trough, and I’m not as strong or quick as I want to be in the saddle, so Meghan’s been riding him and doing very well.
He certainly enjoyed posing for some impromptu photos and did very well over some of the little intro jumps on cross-country. He seems to have no problem with water, faux ditches and banks, and that’s the hard stuff! He just needs to trust his rider over the actual jumps without looking at them first, but we’ll get there.
It’s definitely an interesting but fun experience to be an owner on the ground. I get to take pretty pictures of my horse and use my skills to capture his personality, which never gets to happen when you’re on them!
In other news, I had a jump lesson on Friday! No photos or videos, but Lisa and I played it by ear and jumped a few things in trot and canter to see how I felt. My stirrups were a bit long but it didn’t feel too bad. I’ve mostly got pain on the inside of my right foot, so when I stand up in the saddle it bothers me, but the doctor is confident the pain will go away eventually.