Moo and I attended the Coffs Coast Jump Club on Saturday 10 February 2018. This was our second time at this Club and we really had a fantastic time.
A pre-competition Helfie was necessary as always. 🙂
I had received a Saddle Pad and Ear Bonnet from Horzehoods Australia
I was pretty keen to use them.
See video below…
I lunged Moo for a few minutes, it’s not something I normally do, but I am trying to find the Warm-Up routine at competitions that seems to work for him. It went really well and by the time we had finished a light lunge of 5-10 minutes he was Walking, Trotting and Cantering on command. He was flicking his ear to me and really concentrating on me and when I mounted I had his full attention.
I think I will lunge at my Dressage Competition next week and see if it works as good as it did at the jump day.
We walked over and watched the action, dreaming of the day we jump 80cm. That is our goal; 80cm. I know it may not seem high, but I need to be able to jump a clear round at this height in order to complete a part of my Equestrian Australia Level One Coaching Certificate.
I thought also if I stay where Moo can see me perhaps he would settle more; and he did.
He kept looking at me and nudging me seeking comfort and I reassured him.
80cm seems a good height to me too, difficult enough that it is challenging, but also not too high where I may injury my Mooey. He has a splade hoof and his front leg is bowed from the knee, the last thing I would want to do is hurt him in anyway.
So we will stick to 80cm and see how we go 🙂
By the time I got on him he was ready to take the world on and so confident and not spooky. So these few things that I have done I will continue to do.
He warmed up over the fences well.
He was a bit excited about it all and put a few little bucks and ridiculous moments in.
I didn’t make a big deal of it. I simply sat it and let him have a “moment” and ensured that he stayed straight and came to a complete halt before continuing on to jump again.
I really feel that this training makes all the difference and allows them to not get so excited about when the next fence is coming, rather that he will be thinking we may stop, or halt, and will be calm and come back to me when asked.
We then had our first ever 50cm round!!
I am super impressed that he has completed three rounds of jumping in his whole life and we are jumping this height confidently. I make a few errors here and there and I need to be more definite in my requests and not second guess my stride. That will come in time, but I cannot say anything bad about my Moo. He is simply wonderful !!
He goes super well in the 60cm and I am so happy with it. He put an extra stride in on the orange and white oxer, after we found an awesome take off spot, but that’s okay. We just had a little miss-communication. It will all improve in the future and I am so happy with how he picks his little hooves up and keeps his ears pricked on the next fence. I smile.
I had the best day. See my after competition video below 🙂
A big thank you to HorzeHoods for my Saddle Pad and Ear Bonnet.
I love love love pink !!! Go to www.pwra.com.au to grab a bargain as they are both only $29.95 and come in a range of awesome colours.
I think moo may need a Lime set!!! 🙂
Happy Riding & Keep Smiling
Mel x x