Boomer, being the brave soul that he is, is learning to jump! I went out to ride him on Wednesday and ended up going out around the pond and to the jump field with Julie and the barn owner, Dennis. I trotted and cantered Boomer around and he was very good. I had lowered the bit by one hole and it took him a little bit to get used to it and stop resisting. I got to bragging on Boomer and how brave he was to have trotted and cantered over the flowerbox. I then realized that he was sure to make a fool of me by acting terrified of it. Surprisingly, he headed right towards it and hopped right over! Julie moved the flowerbox to a new location and he was STILL fine with it! She then set up a few cross rails for us and we went over two in a row! I was so proud! The most complicated and difficult thing we did (can you sense the sarcasm yet?) was canter down hill and make a U-turn to the cross rail. I actually missed it a few times until Julie pointed out that I wasn't looking at the jump. Once I looked around the turn for the jump, Boomer sat down and turned hard. It was actually pretty cool to feel him sit and turn like that.
I am so happy that Boomer seems to be enjoying himself! He goes around the whole time with his ears perked forward like he is really having a blast! It is a really fun change of pace from the flat work we have been focusing on. I am actually pretty excited about it and hope that we can actually jump something someday instead of just taking bigger steps to clear the obstacles.