Transformation Tuesday

Ox has been in my life for just over six months now.  I figured this was a good point to talk about what impact the Big Orange Booty (and his retired-trainer mom) have had on my riding.  Not to mention my heart, because the ooey-gooey feelings start when I think about those two.

Third jump ever on Ox.
I'm not gonna lie and say that my eq is set.  It's not.  But I feel like I'm finally at the point where maybe I'm losing some of my bad habits, so I can start incorporating better habits.  Like my goddamn knees, in the above photo.

Big G's owner was out when I was getting a little mini lesson recently and caught some photos.  I just want to share this comparison from my Chips and Salsa post with a photo from last week.  Because I think I'm slightly less likely to die now.  Maybe.  Don't wanna jinx myself.


Here are some other notables from that jump school, again, compliments of Big G's mom:


The lattice horrifies me.






At least I'm getting sorta consistent.
And then there's this from November:
(video screen shot)

compared to this from a few weeks ago:

I know learning isn't linear (like starting at 2'6", regressing back to 2' and crawling back up to 2'6"), but I'm excited to see where the Big Orange Booty and I will be in six months.

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15 comments

  1. You look increasingly confident & secure, which is something to be proud of because JUMPING CAN BE TERRIFYING YO.

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  2. Regardless of fence height, you look SO much more secure in the more recent photos! Yay!

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  3. It's always great to have media to compare

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  4. Wow. That's a really impressive improvement in 6 months, especially when battling an injury and anxiety in that time frame. Go You!

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  5. Looking good! He seems like a sweet guy to improve on!

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  6. <3 this!! You and Ox look very much like a team now too!!

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  7. What is it about those lattice's that's so terrifying? I do the SAME thing! Transformation photos are the best!

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  8. You guys look like you're really working together now!

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  9. You both are looking great! You've made so much progress with Ox, you should be really proud <3

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  10. You look super tight and secure!

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  11. You guys look fabulous. I want to scoop him up and put him in a flat noseband and have him take me to a hunter pace.

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  12. He's such a beefy boy. You guys look good over the fences, but enjoying it is the best part.

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