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Date:8/1/2014 4:53:46 PM
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Hello Angel Tigger
I am SO sorry that I haven't been on forever! I've been so busy at the farm and with school...

Passion is doing very well!

Last Wednesday, I jumped a horse named Rex: an over 16hh TB gelding who's know for bucking after jumps and bolting. I'd never jumped him before, and I was certainly not planning on it. So, when I was riding him, my instructor told the four other riders "everyone but Rex please stay on that side of the jump", I was confused. Why were they going to the side of the jump. I wasn't going to jump it, was I? But then I was told "get a good working trot down the long wall..." then as I rounded the corner "...Now turn and look at the jump- don't get into your halfseat until right before the jump. Squeeze release on the reins and stay relaxed". Since it was so unexpected by me, it wasn't really a reality to me yet, until we actually hopped over the jump- which, of course, he jumped it like it was 4'. He trotted after it. "good boy, Rex!" I told him. "Okay, come around again"... I was going again!? "take a deep breath, relax" Relax? This horse is a bucking bronco! No, he's a good boy aren't you Rex? No you're n- yes you are. Rounded the corner again, looked at the jump. I felt him speed up, so I led him around the jump instead of over it. "What are you doing" my instructor asked. "Going around again"... but really, I was thinking 'just a few more seconds to live...' we got to the jump, and after it he started a strong canter, but I got him under control. Next time around, my heart was pounding out my chest. We got to the jump, and he went over it like it was 4' as I was prepared for, but then he started bucking after he landed, somehow I got him to stop. It was a fun ride!

So, how have you been?

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P.S. I am so sorry about your loss. I guess anything with the name of Tigger is a loyal and true friend and are very loved. I had a dog named Tigger, whom I also called Tigs, Tiggy... and Tiggly Wigglys... I loved him so much...
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