Frankie Plays Outside

We got out for a XC school this past weekend! I’ve been looking forward to this literally since the day I brought Francis home and spoiler alert: it turned out to be just as super fun as I expected it to be.

Perfect sized group at a variety of levels! We all had so much fun, and all of the horses were really well behaved.

Sadly I have next to no media of the outing since our only ground crew was my trainer (who was busy actually watching us ride) and her 2nd grader (who is enthusiastic but easily distracted). So you’ll just have to take my word for it: Francis was perfect.

He bopped over everything with no urging on the first try every time- down banks, double up banks, water, logs, brush, benches, all of it. When some of the other horses got a little balky at the stacked logs going downhill, or the down bank into the water, or the log in the treeline- Frankie forged ahead as a lead for them. When I slipped my reins going down a bank, I didn’t worry about getting them back too quickly because Francis was happy as a clam to keep jumping anything in front of him.

I’m too much of a weenie to try anything too hard and this was a purely just-for-fun outing, so we stuck to mostly the teeny tiny jumps. I have no doubt Frankie could’ve done way more- maybe next time we’ll tackle some of the bigger combos!

Ignore the shirtless teens- the local high school XC running team was using the course as well. Frankie kept an eye on them for us, good guard horse.

He was brave and relaxed and happy the entire time, which meant that I was brave and relaxed and happy the entire time. I had bitted up a little to a slow-twist snaffle, but I really don’t think that was necessary. We would’ve been fine in the plain snaffle- after a few “sassy” head tosses during our warmup, he settled right down into his normal chill self.

I’m still trying to figure out banks, don’t judge me.

My only real regret from this outing was that we didn’t capture more on camera so I can relive the fun and share with you all. It was the best feeling in the world to have so much trust in Frankie and enjoy him being an absolute pro out there.

Blue ribbon eq horse last week, XC superstar this week, and we’re heading to Zone 3 finals for the 1.15m High Jumpers at the end of the month. I’m thinking we really need to fit in a dressage lesson soon so we can cross another discipline off our list! I’d honestly really love to try a low-level (VERY low-level) HT with Francis at some point- in the spirit of Doing All The Things with him.


Maybe someday we’ll find something he’s bad at or we won’t have fun trying a new thing together. But I doubt it. 18 months in and I’m still just as obsessed with this horse as the day I brought him home- more so, even. Best pony ever!


17 thoughts on “Frankie Plays Outside

  1. Pam - Equestrianotes 10/09/2017 / 10:23 am

    Well done! As a former eventer, your post got me itching to go out and kick on over some XC jumps. Your horse is such a keeper!!! But you already know that 😉 Thanks for the great post.


    • hellomylivia 10/10/2017 / 7:33 am

      Glad you liked! We loved getting out there and trying something new together ❤


  2. Amanda C 10/09/2017 / 12:50 pm

    “I’d honestly really love to try a low-level (VERY low-level) HT with Francis at some point” AND THIS IS HOW IT STARTS *insert wild cackling*

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      • Amanda C 10/10/2017 / 7:34 am

        There are ALWAYS cookies and alcohol. Well ok, there’s always alcohol, the food varies.


  3. CallyJumps 10/09/2017 / 5:05 pm

    Totally do a little HT! You can go super small and easy, though given what you were schooling, BN would be absolutely no problem for you guys as a first outing.


    • hellomylivia 10/10/2017 / 7:34 am

      I know Frankie has gone Novice, I think he could probably pack my weenie butt around BN! I may be casually looking for one for after finals…

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  4. Boss Mare Eventing 10/10/2017 / 3:51 pm

    I always found showjumpers to make phenomenal event horses… just sayin!


    • hellomylivia 10/11/2017 / 7:28 am

      And here we are at our barn, turning all the event ponies into showjumpers haha


    • hellomylivia 10/12/2017 / 7:38 am

      I’ll get some scientists on it- we all need a Francis


  5. Liz 10/12/2017 / 6:10 am

    Y’all look like you’re having a blast! I bet you’d enjoy a low level HT for sure!


    • hellomylivia 10/12/2017 / 7:39 am

      It was so crazy fun! I’m angling to get a group from the barn to go try something new 🙂


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