Carrie & Colby go….CANNONBALL!!!

My favourite: “Cannonball!!!” Thank you for the caption April Lutz, that made me laugh out loud.  Not only because I am a huge Anchorman fan, that is probably pretty much what I was thinking at that precise moment….actually, to be completely honest, I thought I was doing a pretty good job at that point.

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the Easter weekend at my xc coach’s farm, about 20 minutes up the highway from where Colby usually stays.  Taking advantage of the long weekend and gorgeous weather we have been having, it was decided Colby would be having a sleepover at Uncle John’s.

The purpose being, to have a boot camp of sorts and introduce Colby – who turned 4 in January – to changes in terrain (from dirt to grass and vice versa), solid obstacles, little banks and drops, get comfortable going up and down changes in grade, etc. Part of the ‘etc.’ consisted of getting her toes wet again in the water.

She was introduced to water late last summer so we weren’t starting from scratch.  Not that I thought we were going to have any issues – the mare is so bold and brave, she constantly surprises me by taking to everything with ease. Our first day there, we had about a 30 second disagreement conversation about which way to go and then – she daintily stepped in and splooshed around. In her defence, it was a little on the deep side (maybe up to her knee) so, I would have been a little cautious too.  Shortly, she was calmly walking into and out of the splash like it was no big  deal.  Day 2 – she walked right in without any hesitation.  She was trotting into and out of the splash comfortably.

Day 3. No more playing nice.  We approach at a canter and she would have 2 choices, to go forward OR to go forward.  This sequence of photos tells the story of: “How Not To Ride Through Water In The Beginning of April When it is 8 Degrees Out.”

This all looks good…

…annnnnnd this was when it started to go wrong

…she hesitated for 1/4 of a second, then leaped 1/2 way through the splash..

which caused me to get ever so slightly behind her motion

she landed, I got hurled forward

and then hung on for dear life

and tried to stay on

and tried as hard as I could not to reem on her face… she was so good for not dumping my a**

aaaaannnd this is Uncle John telling me exactly why I should be sitting in the water at this point in time and not lucky enough to still in fact, be sitting on her back…lesson leaned.

After I sent the sequence of photos back to John – whose wife Janette is owed for her photography skills – he says to me “She unseated you in the landing and strides out, only a matter of learning to anticipate the shock and sitting stronger. There is a lot to like here in your technique and her boldness!”

REDEMPTION!!! This was our second attempt. For the record, ‘sticking’ is hard!!!

While I appreciate Colby’s boldness into water, I would be just as happy with a nice quiet canter…something tells me, fat chance.  Finally, thank you Colby, for being such an incredibly brave and patient!!! partner and I am so so so sorry I reemed on your face. I owe you. Big time. Carrie