Hi guys, haven't been on here much as of late.
Hilton has been going beautifully at home after recovering from a nasty virus back in the beginning of spring. He is however not being his usual charming self when out and about, and has been a bit of a monkey at the only 4 shows we have managed to get out to so far (another local dressage one tomorrow, so this could all change).
I have just got back from my occasional weekend job of grooming for a friend at an event. We always have a great day and came home smiling even though her horse let her down in the showjumping.
Every time I go I find myself wanting to be in the saddle. I really want to give eventing a go, only BE90, nothing big. But I would really like to see what all the fuss is about :)
So i find myself in a bit of a predicament, I myself haven't done a great deal of jumping. I have done a bit of grid work at home but have never been out jumping and neither has Hilton.
I can jump about 3ft at home comfortably (any bigger and i start to lose my nerve) and I love it.
I'm not sure if Hilton is the best horse for me to start going out jumping as he isn't very confident at it (he gets all his confidence from me) and as a novice at jumping I feel it would be a bit unfair for me to take him out for the first time knowing i'll be feeling nervous and so will he. Neither of us have ever been xc schooling and I wouldn't really know where to start.
I trust Hilton dearly but I know if I had a shred of doubt in my mind I couldn't expect him to jump well. He would just panick and get his feet completely muddled up.
Ideally I would love to buy or loan something that had been and done the eventing and needed to down grade but I haven't got the funds to do this.
Do you guys think I should be looking at borrowing a school master for my first few sessions or do you think if I take it steady that me and Hilton could start eventing together?
How did you guys start eventing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated