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My first time on a cross country course -- and message to those near Charleston SC!

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  • My first time on a cross country course -- and message to those near Charleston SC!

    First, a public service announcement: Charleston Area Eventing facebook group has been formed. http://www.facebook.com/groups/463882700298869/

    Idea came yesterday while at Gibbes in St. Matthews when we pulled up, and two other trailers pulled up from literally no more than 20 min down the road from where we started. So, if you live in the Charleston area and going to school, clinic or show, post there. Or if you want to just share pics, that would be great too

    And ... I'm not an "eventer." I'm a former show jumper, dabbling in dressage the last few years. I recently did a clinic with Sinead Halpin, and yesterday was my first time on the cross country course (we got rained out during the clinic so road in the arena practicing "cross country theory").

    Pics from yesterday:




    I so wish this pic had come out! I got jumped out of the tack though sadly: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-m...20/Gibbes3.jpg

    In my defense, I haven't jumped seriously in more than 10 years ... not that that's a good excuse. But hey, I jumped a duck lol

  • #2
    You look awesome SM! YAY!


    • Original Poster

      Thanks! Had some really good moments that I'm proud of.

      My confidence is definitely building as far as jumping. I was still a nervous wreck about 75% of the time!

      I started getting really brave in the water complex and did a line and looped around, did a log and then went to canter off the bank into the water and had a stop and nearly came off! I turned to my riding companion and told her I was glad to be humbled because I was just getting too darn brave lol (stop not the horse's fault, I was too forward)

      I really credit the Sinead Halpin clinic for giving me such good confidence, and of course riding a mare that is so willing and athletic.

      I wasn't sure after the clinic that eventing was for me, but now, I got a little taste of the glory and I'm so not going back!


      • #4
        *Velcome do ze dark zide, mwahahahahaah*

        OT - how's Bud?


        • Original Poster

          Bud is doing very well, thanks for asking!

          We had a rough few weeks when her low NSC hay turned out caused a mild episode (wtf) but removed it and have her on alfalfa hay and she's doing great.

          She's been sound for about two weeks now (after about 3 weeks of unsoundness where I was eliminating everything I could think of to find the culprit).

          We went on a bareback trail ride in her rope halter today (first ride back). Last week, we did "hydro therapy" playing in the pond. She's such a good girl.

          We are almost through our vaccine rotation for the year and so far only two cause reactions (rabies and WN). We have all her dewormers figured out, and now her diet should be 100% (2 lbs BOSS, 15 lbs alfalfa hay, no supplements).

          ETA: pic of her this morning (eating, what she does best!) http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...40730337_n.jpg
          Last edited by AzuWish; Sep. 3, 2012, 02:57 PM. Reason: add Bud pic