the score for January -- Ace: 1 JER: 0
It took him to the end of the month -- right down to the very last day -- but my fat bucking pony Ace went all PBR today and left me lying in the dirt. And laughing, too.
It was not the first buck of the day, so he'd been fair about giving me a good warm-up, and I almost managed to stay aboard. I missed my take on the reins between bucks two and three, and I'd been hoping the quickly-approaching jump standard would help get his head up, but that didn't happen either.
The good news is: Ace goes to the jumps very willingly and he clears them by miles. Afterwards, hang on.
Next time, I won't forget my standing martingale so I have something else to grab. And I'm not quite sure why I was jumping in my dressage saddle, although I have a tendency to not pay much attention to what saddle I'm using. The main difficulty, however, is the lack of space on Ace's back. He's 14hh and short-coupled, so there's not a lot of room to maneuver.
But I'm full of optimism for next month. February only has 28 days.