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It’s called eventing grease - the idea is that if a horse knocks a solid XC fence, the “grease” on their legs will allow them to sort of slip/slide over it rather than get caught, and thus help prevent injury, as well as sort of a little extra layer of protection.
So my lesson went well today :D
Unfortunately it was pouring with rain the entire time (thank god for the all weather arena surface) and my poor boyfriend had to be cameraman and sit by the ring getting absolutely soaked. Still, I have some videos and pictures, so that’s good :)
I had an interesting horse to ride, he’s an ex-eventer that my trainer used to compete, I’d never ridden him before, he had quite the attitude on the ground. Ears pinned back, kicking when his girth was being tightened, and even trying to kick my trainer at one point as he trotted past him, and did mini rears before I mounted. Once I was on and had been warming him up for about 10 minutes though, he really perked up and was a lot happier. So he was fine in the saddle, just an arse on the ground (not that he wasn’t corrected, he was, I think he was just an attitudey horse and he wasn’t a fan of the weather)
Someone on insta made a post that you shouldn’t start cantering until a year or two of riding and showing until like 3 or 4 years and I honestly think that is complete bs so out of curiosity, how long did you ride for before doing things like cantering and…
Part of why that post was dumb is because it doesn’t take into account how often you ride/get lessons. If you get a lesson a month, a fortnight, a week, several times a week.. That affects how quickly you learn. I learned to walk/trot/canter and jump (over a tiny cross rail) all in one week when I was six, but it was a week of intense riding at a riding camp. That said, I still think it was all rushed, but that’s how the summer camps were run. I didn’t get proper lessons on a regular basis (despite riding at summer camps every summer for 7 years) until I was 14. I’ve been riding regularly since, and fortunately I’m a very confident rider (not confident in my skill so much as I just don’t get scared) so I’ve been able to progress pretty quickly. Even though I’ve technically been riding since I was 6, when I was 13I had so little riding experience outside of summer camps and I was nowhere near show ready I didn’t get private lessons until very recently, and I’ve improved a lot through that in a very short, intense space of time
I finally sold my damn show jacket and for more than I expected (it aint nuffin fancy guys, it’s just a Shires show jacket that I’ve never used and it just sits around), so once I got that lovely little bank transfer I can finally buy that Joules coat!!!!!!!!11111111 I’m so happy