An Abundance of Attitude, Schooling Sequence, Falcon Hill Farm, October 2020

Training Journal

If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.

 
Awareness of the outside world. Effective advertising is not a clever story line, or pretty pictures, or awards. Effective advertising asks, do you remember the product? Given this criteria, the “Go to your Skiiippy place.” campaign is brilliant. The tune-phrase is on message and annoyingly catchy. It has been bouncing around my brain for days. I don’t want it there, but it won’t leave. Earworms, the ultimate product placement.
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Scene: Having conquered a crossrail at Falcon Hill Farm the week before, Rodney came off the trailer like a jumper schoolmaster who already knew everything about everything. He was riveted by horses jumping in lessons. He would not stand still. He pulled me toward jumps, at a walk. He may have also been flexing his pecs for the cute little mare in the ring. The excitement level subsided once the CLM went back to the barn, the ring cleared out, and the fences dropped. The rudeness remained. He was not tense. He was not anxious. So, yay? [Small Hop Forward]

RODNEY: Mr. Amazing has arrived. Time to jump all the jumps.

ME: Yes, you are amazing. I have no doubt you can fly over every jump in the ring. But you don’t get to jump the big ones until you’ve shown that you can jump the small ones correctly.

RODNEY: Lemme at ’em. Lemme at ’em.

ME: You can’t win jumpers with good looks & charm. You need basics. We’ll start with a trotting around a course of poles.

RODNEY: Piffle. This is too easy for my magnificence.

ME: … straightness … rhythm … pace …

RODNEY: Don’t wanna trot. Wanna canter.

ME: … straightness … rhythm … pace …

RODNEY: Don’t like your way. Your way is hard.

ME: Suck it up, Buttercup.

RODNEY: Buttercup this!

ME: Now do it again. This time without the bad language.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Horses

3 replies »

  1. Yay from here! Sounds like really good progress to me, even if it may not feel like it on your end. Exciting stuff.

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