Thursday, February 20, 2014

Armani Jumps Up A Notch.

I haven't been able to ride Armani myself since my injury on the 9th but my coach has been riding him every couple of days. Last Saturday we decided to school Mani over some bigger jumps. I've been very cautious about jumping him high and we only occasionally put them up a touch (around 3' or 3'3" to remind him to give the effort).

I know my coach has put him over a few jumps in the 3'3"-3'6" range but only a few times. Saturday was the day to push him a little and see how he responded. One thing about having a great coach is I knew she  would set him up perfectly and not interfere either. She is also tiny, so it's barely more stress for him than free-jumping.

Armani jumping 3'9" gym line.

Oh, this horse is going to be so fun forever and ever! I am dying to get back to riding again.

Second visit with the plastic surgeon tomorrow, so hopefully I can get a proper assessment this time. It will be nice to know exactly what I'm dealing with so I can start planning important events at work and also the vacation we were supposed to take in April. Wish me luck!


Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

That was so easy for him, he looks GREAT!!

RuckusButt said...

Thanks Melissa! I was actually surprised at how well he handled them - he doesn't always seem like he has that much scope because he doesn't really give more than he needs to. He's fairly careful but doesn't waste energy either, so it's nice to see he's capable of more.

Laura said...

Wow - nice! He is so fancy! (yes, I think that even in the winter).

I hope your hand is ok soon and you can get back in the saddle.