There are a bunch of places to school cross country jumping at Dawson Butte as well. Highboy proved himself as an amazing jumper! We initially walked around the fences and let him look at everything, then I walked him over some of the lower ground-pole type jumps. Once he realized this was just like jumping in the arena but over solid jumps, he was all for it! He cantered quietly and mannerly up to the jumps, hopped over, and loped away to the next fence. We created a small course out of a little line of jumps, and Highboy thought it was great fun. He wasn't sure about how to find his distances yet, but he figured it out after only a couple goes. He popped over logs, rocks with branches, up and down the banks. Everyone was amazed with him and his athleticism, quiet temperament, and calm attitude! This was his first time jumping cross country. One rider commented that it was really something to have the five year old track thoroughbred who has never been on a trail be the calmest horse in the group! Here are a few photos of the day thanks to good friends and their phone cameras.
|He was brave and forward and relaxed!|
|L to R: Avatar and Rebecca, Ace and Michelle, me and Highboy, Bo and Michelle|
|Highboy right at home hacking in the meadow|