Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Birdie and I were brave enough to show our faces at the gymnastics clinic with Mr. Wofford at An Otherwise Perfect Farm. What a difference a few months makes. My good friend Cherie was in the 3′ class and wanted me to do it with her. I thought about it and decided to do the 2’6″. Not because Birdie couldn’t do it, because he can skip over that height. I’ve been jumping with Steuart and doing it as well. The reason was I really wanted to have a good day, so I aimed low.
It was a perfect day. Birdie was relaxed this time. Jimmy really gave me some insight into how I can ride this incredible horse better. He gave me exercises to do to really improve my riding, even if they are – well painful. Did you ever post with only one stirrup? How about gallop? It is helping though, not just my jumping, but my dressage too. Oh, I also have to post without stirrups, which believe it or not is easier to do than having only one, at least for me. Jimmy told me he really likes Birdie and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. This horse is such a giver, I am touched by how much confidence he has in me. We didn’t even knock down a rail. Me and the Bird Man redeemed ourselves. What a great day.