Over the Moon

But, like, literally.

To those of you who haven’t seen this on Facebook or Instagram yet (find me on Instagram @hellomylivia! There’s lots of cute pics of Pretty Girl and my roommate’s adorable dog!), check out what we jumped yesterday.


No seriously, we actually jumped over that! While 3’6″ might not be a big deal to a lot of people, this is the highest I’ve ever jumped in my entire life. Read: THIS IS A HUGE DEAL!!! I don’t usually jump on Mondays, but the assistant trainer (who is one of the best people on earth) had me pop through a small grid while she was there: cavaletti, crossrail, one stride, crossrail. Except every time through she cranked the back fence up a bit until we reached what you see there.

Pretty Girl was perfect! It was such a different sensation: when the jumps are smaller, her front feet are pretty much already on the ground by the time her back feet launch. With this height, there was so much hang time and she really had to crack her back over it. Which in turn cracked my back. I also tended to anticipate and try to jump for her, so I’m definitely going to have to work on that position.

But I did manage to use my automatic release, which made a lot more sense over this height. Now that I’ve started to actually use my muscles instead of flopping around like a salmon trying to spawn, I was able to follow with my hands instead of grabbing mane and reciting Our Father. I think Addy appreciated this: she practically dragged me towards the jumps when I would circle past them. Turns out she really likes the bigger heights! I’ve been boring her with this 2’6″ nonsense.

This was a lot less scary than I thought it would be- I’ve always had a sort of mental block about anything over 3′. Even 3′ seemed a bit overwhelming, and 2’6″ to 2’9″ has been my very comfortable comfort zone.

Now that I’ve seen how much fun she has over this height, there’s no stopping us. We’re still showing in the 2’9″ this weekend, but the move up to 3′ seems like a no-brainer now. And I’m begging and pleading our assistant trainer to come with me to some local jumper shows so I can start moving up there too.

After all, the lowest adult jumper classics I’ve been able to find in the area start at 1.10m (3’7″). And I reeeeally want to wear those white pants I grabbed, so we’ve got to start practicing.

Side note- We’ve picked out a show name for Pretty Girl! Jen from A Year in the Saddle, you’re brilliant. It turns out that your idea was one of the names on Owner Lady’s short list! She will be debuting this weekend as No Regrets.

Any suggestions for maintaining a good position and adjusting to these bigger heights?

32 thoughts on “Over the Moon

  1. Lauren 03/10/2015 / 11:17 am

    Oooo congrats! That’s a huge deal to me too so I can appreciate your enthusiasm ๐Ÿ™‚


    • hellomylivia 03/10/2015 / 11:17 am

      Thank you! I’m still smiling about it a day later ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. The Exquisite Equine 03/10/2015 / 11:36 am

    How awesome!!! That is so cool. I can’t wait to start jumping, but I will not be doing anything that high anytime soon ;). Way to go!

    Love the show name. Super cute ๐Ÿ™‚


    • hellomylivia 03/10/2015 / 11:41 am

      Thank you!! It took a solid 15 years to work up the courage haha, it was a very slow process. So excited that we’re getting there though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. CallyJumps 03/10/2015 / 11:58 am

    Yay on the show name!

    I find position is easier if I have good core strength, and if I focus on what my hands are going (ideally, an auto release) it keeps me from laying on the neck so much, which is my main problem.

    Mine is easier over bigger fences, too. It’s like once she actually has to try, she’s much more willing to listen to input rather that just making choices on her own. Congrats on the move up, and have fun with jumpers!


    • hellomylivia 03/10/2015 / 1:13 pm

      Amen to the core strength- my abs are super sore today. I know that’s a good thing since it means I was using them, but owwww.
      We joke that the smaller jumps are just speed bumps for Addy, you’re totally right about listening to input over the higher jumps.


  4. heartofhope10 03/10/2015 / 12:44 pm

    GET IT GIRL!! I’m jelly of your big jumps but cannot wait to hear about the show ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck!


  5. Karen M 03/10/2015 / 1:52 pm

    Fun!!!!! I second the core strength comment.


    • hellomylivia 03/10/2015 / 1:53 pm

      I see lots of ab exercises with the kettlebell in my future…


  6. carey 03/10/2015 / 1:52 pm

    “Now that Iโ€™ve started to actually use my muscles instead of flopping around like a salmon trying to spawn, I was able to follow with my hands instead of grabbing mane and reciting Our Father.”

    Cracked. Me. Up.

    And I feel ya, I never thought I’d want to jump anything bigger than 3′ (which still makes me nervous) but I have jump a few higher-than-3′ jumps and it’s FUN. Such a cool feeling mid air (and surviving it) with an awesome, confident boosting partner. I want more, too ๐Ÿ™‚


    • hellomylivia 03/10/2015 / 1:54 pm

      Haha glad you liked that phrase. It seemed the most accurate way to describe my riding.
      There’s something so exhilarating about those big jumps!! That mid-air feeling is like no other.

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    • emma 03/12/2015 / 3:04 pm

      haha i seriously died reading that too – hilarious (and oh so easy to relate to!)

      congrats – 3’6″ is a big accomplishment – you should be thrilled!


      • hellomylivia 03/12/2015 / 3:47 pm

        Thank you so much!!

        I think we’ve all had our floppy fish moments ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. Amanda Lee 03/10/2015 / 9:09 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! Those big jumps are something else!


  8. Holly 03/10/2015 / 10:19 pm

    So awesome! That jump looks giant!


    • hellomylivia 03/11/2015 / 7:17 am

      Looking at it now I’m having a bit of a freak out, but it didn’t seem so bad when it went up gradually! I was kinda like the frog who didn’t realized he was being boiled because the heat went up so slowly…


  9. Annye / AnAmishWarmblood 03/11/2015 / 7:54 am

    OH MY GOSH WOO!!! You’re totally killing it. Are you hoping to do one of those jumper classics at the end of this year?!

    (LOVE LOVE LOVE the show name btw.)


    • hellomylivia 03/11/2015 / 8:07 am

      Ahh thank you!!! I’m not too worried about timing for the jumper classic- I suspect it won’t happen this year and that’s totally fine. I have a pretty limited show budget so moving up in the levels will definitely take some time. Just enjoying the journey and enjoying having a goal to work towards for now ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Stephen 03/11/2015 / 9:26 am

    Hmmm…if I look carefully I swear I can see Addy smiling a little smugly!


  11. Tracy 03/11/2015 / 12:12 pm

    Eeee, so exciting! Congrats girly โค


    • hellomylivia 03/11/2015 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you!! Hoping we’ll get to do a repeat performance today and *fingers crossed* get a video to share!


  12. Susan Friedland-Smith 03/11/2015 / 7:40 pm

    Congrats! I literally would have peed my pants unintentionally. I might have jumped almost that high back when I was in college. I have a weird memory of being at a schooling show and my trainer made me hop on her dead quiet 17.3 Appendix jumper for me to get the feel of a different horse. She kept raising and raising one fence. I shouldn’t even say this, but I wasn’t even wearing a helmet. I had on a white visor. When I expressed my concern she said something like, “He could jump over that in his sleep.” Good for you! Yes to video!


    • hellomylivia 03/11/2015 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you!! Oh man 17.3?! Sounds glorious, I adore the big ones! My professional videographer *cough cough manfriend* is coming to the show this weekend, so hopefully we can crank up the jumps in the warmup ring!


      • Susan Friedland-Smith 03/11/2015 / 8:40 pm

        Good for you! I never had a manfriend during those years. Maybe I would have evidence of my epic jump. And the 17.3 horse’s name was. . . King Kong. How perfect, right?


      • hellomylivia 03/11/2015 / 8:45 pm

        Perfect name!! I don’t think manfriend quite knew what he was getting into when he offered to take pics just the one time, but they always come out so nice! It would be awful of me to waste his talent ๐Ÿ˜„


      • Susan Friedland-Smith 03/11/2015 / 8:48 pm

        You’re making me LOL! You’re really doing him a favor by letting him express his artistic talents!

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      • hellomylivia 03/11/2015 / 8:50 pm

        He hasn’t told me, but I could see in his eyes that creative expression is extremely important to him. So really, him waking up at 5am to take pics of me at a local schooling show is personal development. You’re welcome, manfriend.

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  13. nbohl 03/12/2015 / 2:03 pm

    Congrats!!! 3’6″ seems huge to me too!


    • hellomylivia 03/12/2015 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks! It didn’t seem that big at the time, but now looking back I’m wondering what I was thinking! Glad I didn’t stop to think at the time haha

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