The last time I schooled cross country was in 2010 on an 8 month pregnant mare. Seeing how Henry and I have our first Derby next month we need some schooling. He has done way more cross country than me. Video - Lauren Baggett Pictures from last year (not me riding) he was pulled out of the pasture after not being ridden for a month and taken to a place he’s never been before and did great. So now it was our turn to school! Went with a big group of seasoned horses and young girls and we stayed “home” to school. Henry and I are in the middle. I wish we had more fun! I feel like I’m going feel like I got run over by a truck tomorrow. I kept saying today was the day I fall off of Henry. Even though it wasn’t. He was incredibly exuberant. Bucking fits after each little tiny jump. Not trying to get me off his back, but like, super fresh and full of himself. The first few times I did a one rein stop to get him under control. The rest of the time I urged him forward because I remembered that bucking is because they’re not forward. He was hardly wanting to trot to the jump evading my contact with head way in the air. He would rather walk the little jumps so I let him a few times. This wasn’t the most confidence building lesson for me. Everyone was impressed that I kept my seat even though we looked like this Tom Fray Equestrian Coaching Ltd most of the time. He actually felt more manageable at the canter when I let him canter. I kept only trying to trot because my trainer and I plan to trot the derby only because he has been very forward in the jump ring. When we were out in the field today he always came back to me, was able to relax on a loose rein while waiting our turn, he wasn’t wound up and acting nuts, he didn’t spook at anything, he didn’t refuse anything. So all these good things and i keep focusing on the bucking. Yeah well it wasn’t pleasant. I’m really hoping it’s just because he is fresh, LOVES to jump and was proud of himself. Anecdotes from your experience schooling a greener horse XC?