|Nothin' like a Lab|
Finally, as we all sat in rapture of this motivational speech, came the kicker, "Some of you might want what you have in the past and may want the comfort of what was familiar... know that change will happen and if you feel the pull of resistance, feel free to move on."
Can I tell you a secret? I cried today at the start of what was to be my first jumping lesson on Maisy. Yes, it was nerves... but there was something more.
For whatever it's worth, good or bad, I knew Sugar. I knew she would be spooky, quick to spin and more often than I liked, I could be spun off. But, I also knew the rhythm of her stride, the cadence of her foot falls, whether the twitch of her ears was a good thing or a warning. I knew her... And, I still miss her...
Friday, I took Maisy over to the City Barn to get her back into the trailer for a short ride AND, if all went well, maybe jump a couple of logs in the XC field or, at least, work out in the open! I did not have my big girl panties on and just did flat work and walked over some of the logs.
Newbie Eventer needed to do ditches and the water complex before her event next week so we hacked over to it. Her steed took a hard look at the complex, rocked backward and bravely went in.
|OHEC Water Complex|
Maisy went to the edge hesitantly, dabbled one front hoof in the water and then, I felt started to drop to roll. I was wrong, she gathered her hind end and jumped in, clearing what was a 4' imaginary jump. After completely misjudging her actions, I popped off, mid-air, and landed with a splash dab smack in the center of the complex. Maisy stood there looking at me confused at why I decided to go swimming.
|Smiles for the future!|
Dressage Trainer looked at me before today's lesson and knew... She said, "You're wishing that nothing changed, right?" And, I cried. And, then the Wise Woman in her said, "Change can be for the better, right? And, maybe Change will be exactly what you need. Welcome the changes as they happen and be sure you take the time you need... There is no rush."
Then we jumped. Cavelettis to a vertical... nothing huge... Just two girls learning to adjust to life's changes - together... All in good time!