PRO TIP: If you’re the type of rider that gets a little nervous when you see an oxer, you should probably buy a horse that EATS OXERS FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND DINNER.
An hour before my lesson yesterday, TrainerM and a crew of my lesson buddies gathered together to build up a jump shoot for Raglan—partially so that we could all oooh and aaah over his hops, but also to give Raglan another chance to navigate a grid without me mucking things up for him.
Needless to say, Raglan’s got some serious #scope. It was confidence-building to see how effortlessly he propelled himself over such a large oxer. It put into perspective just how easy he thinks our the tiny 2’3″ stuff is. TrainerM said we could have pushed the oxer up another foot and he barely would have noticed.
For our lesson TrainerM repurposed the chute into a cross rail-one stride-vertical-three stride-oxer line. Raglan was on point and I felt so strong, it was amazing. Even when things didn’t go entirely as planned, I had zero doubt that Raglan was going to do his job and get the line done. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel an inkling of fear—I FELT SO COMPETENT AND POWERFUL.
I can’t get over that feeling of freedom! UGH, THIS HORSE MAKES ME SO EXCITED.