A Confident Rider makes a Brave Horse

Tonight’s jump training showed us that we are slowly heading toward where we want to be. 💛🦄🏆🏅

Maybe we will sign up for a small pay&jump before or next endurance competition? 🤔  And if we do: where and when should we go? 

It was obvious that we still have some insecurities every time we try going over a new jump. But as soon as we’ve flown over a particular fence in a good way then we can jump it again without an extra thought. This  could maybe be a problem at a competition since one wouldn’t get the chance to jump the course a few times before starting. I guess, unless we sign up for multiple classes. 

Anyway, I am not quite sure how show jumpers usually start out a new horse’s carrier. Based on past experiences, I would say that most people tend to be less careful(or paranoid) than I am and I feel most people just sort of go out there and take a leap of faith. I am not sure. Perhaps there is something to be said for going and getting that first nervous competition over with. Maybe that is exactly what we need to do just because it goes against the perfectionist inside of me that loves to scream for stability and order. 

Popgun would probably think it was quite awesome as long as there was jumping (and running) involved. 

Another thing that I thought about a lot today was how much my own attitude between the jumps rubbed off on Popgun. 

We had just landed after the small black, red and white fence and were cantering towards the red oxer when a sudden flash of uncertentity came over me. 

I felt like I needed another second to prepare myself for the new jump since it was new and for some reason felt ginormous combated to the other fences ( even though it wasn’t). And this tiny change in attitude from my side immediately rubbed off on Popgun. 

My short moment of hesitation was enough to make him sort of run sideways and miss the next jump, which would count as a clear refusal in a competion. (And that is something you don’t want because it counts as 4 faults, assuming this endurance rider remembers correctly.)  

It took one more failed attempt before I took the extra time to clear my mind and properly convince him that I wasn’t afraid anymore. Then he jumped. And let me tell you, when we’ve got our flow working properly, my unicorn sure can jump.  

To me this just shows what a differance my attitude can make when it comes to our performance together. I have a feeling that I might need to remind myself about that in the future(probably on multiple occasions too.
One thing is certain: my Popgun sure looked good in his new saddle pad from Exclusive Horsewear 💙 💛 It has his name embroidered onto it with gold letters which made our outfit really Pop. 💥🔫


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Packing list for Jump training

This evening we are going to do some light jump training at Johannesberg’s Castle again. It is a 30 minute drive to get there with a trailer, which means that we have to be somewhat organized in order to get there on time. 🦄👑 

The actual training starts at 18.00 so we usually try to start loading up around 17.00, just to make sure we don’t end up late. Before then, Popgun needs to be wearing all of his trailer equipment and everything else needs to be packed.

Things usually take longer than planned so it makes sense for me to make things as easy as possible to get ready. We also need to make sure we have enough time to bring the horses in and preferably finish up all the stable chores before we go. 

To speed things up and to make sure we don’t forget anything, I decided to make a little packing list for us to follow. 

Packing list: 

Trailer:

  • Trailer protectors 
  • BellBoots
  • Tail protector
  • Trailer Cover from Exclusive Horsewear
  • Halter 
  • Leadrope 
  • Bucket with tasty treats for Popgun
  • Hay
  • Warm gloves
  • Empty Bag to store trailer equipment in

Riding:

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Crashing

Last night Popgun went to our weekly jump training without Shahina there as moral support for the first time ever. 

I was a little worried about whether Mom, Adam and I would even be able to load him into the trailer or not but, luckily, that went smoother than expected. 

We used the step-up instead of the ramp as a little experiment (since that is what his old owner used) and that seemed to make a lot more sense to him. But since I want him to be able use both, we will need to train more with the ramp on days when we aren’t in a rush. 

He also traveled very calmly, despite being by himself in the trailer for the first time since he came to us.  

The training in it itself could have gone better but it could also have gone worse. Popgun is very excited to jump but since we are both very inexperienced when it comes to jumping it doesn’t always go as planned. We landed halfway over two jumps and had some miscommunications. 

I need to work on my seat and we both need to work on our timining but we stayed brave for each other even after the weird jumps so things kept going better and better. 

We are noticing a lot of improvement in amongst all the chaos so I think we stay motivated we will be able to do some pay and jumps in the spring. Or we could just go within the next few weeks and get a few giggles from the judges. I don’t know. We’ll see.  

For the moment I am just happy with us calmly getting there every week an soaking up all these new things we are learning there. Patience is key, after all. 
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Jump training

We liked the jump training at Johannesberg’s Castle so much last week that we decided to go back again today with Popgun. We brought Shahina along as company again too. 

Popgun more than lived up to his name today and was almost as strong as a Shotgun instead of a toy gun. He practically dragged me around the course, which is not exactly ideal. At last he shows a lot of enthusiasms. So all I need to do now is install a set of breaks and we will be good to go. (Or not. Our technique needs a lot of work as well.)

The fact that Popgun had rested both yesterday and the day before probably didn’t make things easier either. Yesterday evening, my mom and I went to a an interesting presentation on equine respiratory conditions. The night before I needed to do school work and my mom went to a presentation held by Endurance rider Annelie Eriksson (which I was told was really great). Both days we only had time to do the chores and neither of us got out riding at all. 

But I am really hoping this jump training thing has turned into something we will do every week. Not only do we get to work on our jump moves, Popgun also gets some extra trailer training. 

The only problem for me is that my own confidence level can, at times, get properly pushed down. We are both so new to jumping after all so sometimes look, quite frankly, ridiculous. It takes quite a lot of rider meditation to tell yourself that it is alright to always be the one that the trainer needs to lower the jumps for. You’d think I’d get used to it but apparently not. I will be singing with joy on the day when we are on the same level as everyone else. 

I put together a little movie of both good parts and mistakes so try not to laugh too hard when you watch it. The music is fun too so make sure to turn it on by turning your phone off silent mode. 

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Jump training, legally blonde style

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Last night Popgun and I went to a jump training at Johannesbergs Castle. Shahina came along to babysit and show Popgun how to travel like a pro and she watched very patiently in one of the corners with my mom during our lesson. 🦄🏆

Both Popgun and I are very green when it is comes to jumping but I feel like we make a lot of progress every time. 

Popgun gets very excited and really wants to jump. But he doesn’t really know how to properly yet and neither do I really, so we are working on that together. 

Adam filmed from the stands so I put together a little video for you guys to see. I picked a funny song too that matched our outfit and that put some of of our feelings into words. 😂💛

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3rd of December: which three dreams do you want to fulfill in the near future?

Advent calendar flap number two: Which three dreams do you want to fulfill in the near future? 

Within the next year I hope to compete with baby Arshaq in dressage, get placed in next years Rookie cup with Popgun at the Swedish Arabian Sport Cup and to compete in an international endurance competition with Popgun

In order to be able to fulfill these wishes we will need to do a lot of work and planning. Arshaq both Arshaq and Popgun need a lot more training before they are ready for these competitions and I will need to get a lot of help from my trainers in order to get them there. 

Before the Swedish Arabian Sport Cup Popgun will also need to go to as many jumping and dressage competitions as possible in order to get used to the situation. 

The rookie cup we are interested includes easy dressage, 70 cm jumping, 50 km endurance ride, Novice Class Classic Pleasure and a show. One is also allowed to choose some other classes but I think I will prepare for these ones. 

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This is part of Kajson’s advent calendar

Nothing great comes without effort


Today’s training was Prince Popgun‘s third ever jumptraining. And we learned a lot

Popgun was enthusiastic as always and tried his very best dispite not really knowing what he was supposed to do. I on the other hand felt quite stupid and like I had never sat on a horse before

Let me be completly clear. 

We made a lot of mistakes, and practically all of them were due to me not properly helping him understand what we were supposed to do.  

I don’t usually cry after I ride but today I couldn’t really stop myself. Silly, I know. 

I know we are both new to jumping and that it is nothing at all like Endurance. But I just felt like I could have done better. And that we had better flow last time. 

My first thought was that I never wanted to do this again. But on the 40 minute walk back to the stable I remembered how much fun he had last time. We both thought it was great, dispite some minor miscommunications. 

I know that I shouldn’t give up so easily and that nothing great comes without a little effort so we will go to next weeks training as well. And try not to be so incredibly hard on myself as I can be.

After all, I would never push or expect as much from anyone else. So I shouldn’t expect this much from myself, right? 

Nobody is good at everything without practice. So please don’t laugh too much when you look at the video.

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Best of today at Sweden International Horse Show 2016

Today at Sweden International Horse Show 2016 I stopped by the Dr.Schaette monter and talked to Linda who I know from Instagram. Please do me a big favor and check out their page since they were so incredibly nice to me! 💚

We also enjoyed some world class jumping from Olympic medalist Peder Fredricson, amoung others.🇸🇪🏆

People cheered their lungs out as Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts won. 🇧🇪

And they cheered even more when young Bertram Allen won a brand new car.🇮🇪🏆

Everybody was lining up to to get close to the camel, who was very well bahaved around all the excited people. 

So sweet.  🐫🙏

I found a new best friend to encourage me in my obsession with unicorns. Yes, it moves and repeats everything you say and yes of course I bought one. 🦄 

We found all the great shopping deals. And there were so many. 

I will post more pictures tomorrow of all our new equipment and the other great things we bought. Really looking forward to that.  😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 

The World Cup driving was won by a skilled Australien Boyd Exell. 🇦🇺

Jean Francios Pignon made a brilliant show tonight as well.🇫🇷 

You already know that I’ve got a weak spot for grays and chestnuts.  🦄

Look at those moves. 😍🏆

The Royal Guard finishing ceremony made the event feel even more magical. 💛💙💛💙

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Flying lessons 🕊

Popgun and I rode some dressage and cavaletti today. 🦄

After warming up, we worked on gently moving sideways in both directions and eventually started walking and trotting over very small jumps and poles on the ground.  

We watched a more experienced jump rider and her beautiful horse ride over all the poles right after each other in the shape of a lightning bolt. Naturally, we tried to do the same. 

It was much more difficult than it looked since the turns were quite sharp. Eventually we got the hang of doing it calmly at both a walk and a trot. But it took a lot of brain power and concentration from both Popgun and myself. 

Once we were able to trot over the poles comfortably we decided to try jumping the small jump at the end of the paddock. 

That went worse than expected. 

Popgun got a little too excited and decided to speed up and jump way over the jump (with all feet at the same time) which accidentally sent my feet out of the stirrups and almost sent me flying out of the saddle. This made him speed up even more and even do a small buck. Which almost really got me thrown off but luckily I stayed on and I regained balance before we reached the wooden fence at the corner. 

A little too exciting for everyone but luckily no one fell off. 

We lowered the jump a little and tried again and things went well. 

We finished with a good feeling of success and I got off to us cool down. 


Baby Arshaq was so silly the other day when there was a horse jumping when we were in the paddock.. so we decided to work on that again today.. 

I was smart enough to walk him around a lot from the ground first and waited for most of the excitment to ebb away. Luckily he didn’t try to dance around in circles this time but was still noticeably excited.  

Eventually I dared myself to get on I think we were better for it afterwards. Even if I felt a little insecure. 

It got very exciting sometimes when someone was trotting over or around the poles but it felt like we made slow progress. And I felt so grateful for the other riders who were so patient with us.

The best possible thing for us was to keep him moving and walking over the poles as well. That made a big difference. 

Once things felt safe again we decided to call it a day. I rode back to the stable door, rode around a little on the yard and then got off. 

We will need to do this again until baby finds it boring. I want Arshaq to be bombproof after all. 

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Jumping progress

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Today, Popgun and I walked 20 minutes up to a nearby riding arena to attend our first indoor jumping lesson. I should perhaps mention that this was Popgun‘s second jumping lesson ever.🦄 

I put together a little video from today’s training that I hope you guys will enjoy. The video contains a few of our misstakes and lots of our progress. 

Popgun was very excited as you can tell and we both had a lot of fun. 

He did extremely well toward the end and his heart of gold glowed. It is clear that he always tries his very best. Even when we confuse each other since we are both quite inexperienced when it comes to jumping. He tries to do well, no matter what. 
Most of the time for example I was trying to slow down when I, maybe, should have just sat still and pointed him in the right general direction. 😂


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