Our outing at King Oak Farm's Spring Horse Trials did not go as planned. I withdrew after dressage because I did not believe I would win the effort it would take to get Sugar to jump fence two on XC. And, my ability to absorb another humiliation, another fall, another bad go... whatever, is on the very short side.
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That second fence, a big hay feeder filled with hay bales, would be a challenging fence for my spooky mare even if it were deep into the course. There I would have had momentum and a horse who understood what her job was. We would have gotten over it easily - maybe with her questioning my desire but if I said do it, she would. As the second fence, shortly after the first, it would have been a major spook-fest. I did not think I had the cojones (balls) to get the job done.