These cute little butterflies recently appeared in our arena, and I've been looking forward to jumping them! I was almost tempted to try it in my dressage saddle, but managed to resist the urge. :p So yesterday I put on my jumping saddle. After a nice warm up on the flat we picked up a canter and headed towards a small cross rail with some Christmas decorations. Even though we haven't jumped in over a month Cupid stayed steady and hit it perfect. We did the crossrail once more, then headed for the butterflies. I wasn't sure if Cupid would get distracted, not only by the butterflies but I had draped his blanket (to cover him for the walk to the arena since it was raining) over one of the standards but he didn't waver or hesitate. Which is a good thing because I don't think I was fully committed to keeping him straight and going forward. But I felt a lot more confident afterwards, and we did a little course with the Christmas jump, to the coop, to the butterflies, and ending with a small square oxer. We had decent lead changes through the trot, and hit all the jumps from a good distance, I was very happy with how it went!
|Oxer and coop|
|Blurry shot of the Christmas jump|