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09 April 2008 @ 01:20 pm
I'm really, really, really upset with Pony Club right now. For the second meeting in a row, I have been put into a group with kids who can't even jump. We're talking kids HALF MY AGE, instead of putting me in with girls that before my short, five month break (from jumping  only. I did ride at the end of this period) I was taking lessons with and jumping the same height I was. No, Haylee gets to ride with them, but not me. Before Gladly got injured I was jumping 2'3" and my instructor told my mom I could almost outride a D3. The only reason I'm not a D2 is because Gladly got injured. 

Now I'll be lucky if I get to jump at all. It's so freakin' annoying! Putting me back with beginners. 

They said that I shouldn't worry about not being challenged - that they'll tailor the lesson for me. Well, that's what they said last time. And you know what happend? I flippin' trotted serpentines! Oh, and I DID get to canter. Once around the flippin' arena. And now at home, I'm riding like every other day on a horse that is not a beginners horse (a sweetheart, but needs a firm hand, confident and skilled rider). I do jumps then too, and the last time a road her she overjumped the little twelve inch jump by a foot and I did fine. I could take two foot without a problem if they would let me, but do they give me the chance.


I'm sorry. I probably sound really immature, but even my mom was upset when I told her. It's just not very fair. And I need to rant, so...   
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Laurasarahandcocoa on April 9th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Arwwww, honey, if it helps I feel exactly the same. For the first time since forever I've found a place that encourages me to jump 2ft3 and I have to return to Durham next week where I know I'll be lucky if the jumps are more than poles on the ground.

It's tough convincing people that you're able. I'd suggest asking them to put you in a group between the two you're talking about - those doing up to 2ft jumps, perhaps. That way you can show them that you're up to the standard you were before your break. At the end of the day parents and instructors worry about safety and not pushing you too far. So you just need to let them know that you're confident and keep at them.

=) Good luck!
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myownmugglemyownmuggle on April 9th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)

If my darn horse wasn't such a nutcase these days, I might be in a very different place.

I foxhunt when I go out to Kansas. The last time I hunted a Lakota Mustang, who I'd never been on, and we jumped 3' and 3'6 coops like they were ground poles. My bratty thoroughbred gets near the teeniest jump imaginable and he springs straight into the air and over like it's going to jump up and eat him.

I told my instructor it was time for a break and a new horse. Sad, but I'm not going to get anywhere unless I give him up.