Huxley hadn't been jumped in 3-4 weeks because of an off and on swollen, hot leg, and hasn't seen a cross-country fence since last summer. He started off a little fresh but settled into jumping nicely and was overall very good for the first cross-country outing of the year.
Brico had never jumped cross-country before and doesn't have much jump training to start with. He was however very well behaved and handled things well, he was a little looky at the fences but after about halfway through the ride seemed to figure things out and start to enjoy himself. The hardest thing for him was jumping down the banks, as he doesn't even like stepping out of the horse trailer, but by the end he was okay with the small drop banks. Huxley of all horses gave Brico a few leads over some of the "scary" small fences, such as down the banks, over the ditch, and a couple of painted 2'6 house type fences.
Towards the end of Huxley and Brico's schooling rounds it started to rain a little and then rather hard. By the time we finished with them it was POURING rain, Ches changed her tack over to Pippin and started to warm up a little bit. Within two minutes we were all soaking wet with some very unhappy horses. There is absolutely no shelter at Rainbow to hide under on course, not even a tree! Poor Pippin had to go and school in the pouring rain and even hail at times. Ches brought him with the plan of warming him up and jumping the course like she would at a show, paying special attention to school him over the ditches, trakehners, and berlin walls.
When all was said and done everyone was soaked--our tackroom in the trailer looked like a lake and had clothes, pads, and boots dripping water every where. However all the horses were really good in spite of the weather.
Huxley over the tiger trap \/