Growing Closer

After all our trouble with confidence this winter, I think the long hours of grooming and groundwork and boring schooling drills are finally starting to pay off for Magic and me.

It’s not easy to see. Obviously, he looks a lot better on the flat than he used to; but his jumping is pretty much the same. He is a little more sensible about it, but can still do the weirdest things in midair (see below), and we’re still toodling around 70cm verticals. I’m not as all over the place on him as I used to be, but I still look like I’m levitating above him over the jumps instead of staying with him.

But it all feels so different. When I go to catch him now he comes to me with bright eyes and an expectant (adorable) little nicker. After I’ve ridden him he likes to hang out with me, just grazing around me until I leave, then he trots off to join Skye on whatever mission she’s accomplishing. Best of all, I think I’m finally learning to ride him; he doesn’t do the jackhammer-trotting-giraffe-head thing so much anymore. If I have a slip-up and bump on his back by accident he doesn’t panic anymore, and if he makes a mistake and overjumps something I can stay so much calmer than I used to. There’s a connectedness between us now, in the way we move around each other. It’s hard to explain, but I finally feel like he really is my horse.

Unfortunately, having a better bond does not immediately result in better technique. We have moments of sheer awesomeness, and then we have moments of epic fail. Frankly, we look horrible. But we’re finally learning to enjoy each other, and that’s what it’s all about.

We have jumping superpowers, among them the Superman impression

We have jumping superpowers, among them the Superman impression

and levitation

and rider levitation

and Gangnam Style, midair!

and Gangnam Style, midair!

Um... at least his legs are even

Um… at least his legs are even

Self-carriage much?!

Self-carriage much?!

And canter in a frame!

And canter in a frame!

And we finally got it right! (I know my reins are too long, but I need them like that in case I make a mistake and touch his mouth and he thinks I'm going to RIP HIS FACE OFF)

And we finally got it right! (I know my reins are too long, but I need them like that in case I make a mistake and touch his mouth and he thinks I’m going to RIP HIS FACE OFF)

So much personality <3

So much personality ❤

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About firnhyde

A disciple whom Jesus loved. Called to horsemanship, among other things, and an adoring spectator at God's own stableyard. Volunteer, Jersey breeder, occasional writer. Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. Luke 1:38
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6 Responses to Growing Closer

  1. Lesley says:

    Great article Firn. Your arena looks awesome. The grey is beautiful and your riding has come a long, long way.

  2. Lyn says:

    I just love reading about your adventures with your babies, Firn 😀 How did he manage to jump over the pole in photo #4? It’s like he was just standing still and then went “boing” with all four legs straight. LOL a bit like my little dog when she finds her bunny. She just jumps stiff legged on top of him 🙂

  3. Tracy says:

    Tehe — sometimes horses can be quite … uhm… majestic, can they not? LOL

    • firnhyde says:

      Indeed… you should have seen the moves he was doing this morning in the paddock when he wanted to play. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an overexcited OTTB pretending to be a cross between a Lipizzaner and Spiderman before.

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