"Crap... Cross Country."
TJS Bucephalus has always been a rather hotted headed stallion.
But I didn't expect this.
I, for some obscure reason, naturally thought; 'Oh, he'll be easy! He's done cross country plenty of times.'
I didn't take into account, however, that he is like a fricken bomb when it comes to cross country. As an as soon as he gets out of the starting gates, he roars off and there is no stopping him.
Being the stupid idiot I am, I put him in a pallem. This bit isn't very strong, although it looks big, and is only a bar in their mouth with a curb chain, really.
At the time, Audra seemed super nervous and I couldn't understand why. She kept going on about how it was going to turn to crap, but I didn't understand why. Being my older sister, she naturally got on my nerves easily so I just told her to stop being so negative.
So, there I was. Sitting deeply in the saddle, waiting for the horn to sound. Waiting for the signal to "release the beast". And, as soon as I did, Maxi (as we know him at home), roared off at full speed.
He was so strong, and no matter how hard I pulled he wouldn't slow. We rounded a corner and, suddenly, one of the first obstacles on the course appeared. I started to panic. At this speed, he would flip on the jump because he was going too flat.
Four Strides away.
I began to do half-halts instead, fingering the reins with my fingers. My heart was in my throat. Already it was turning into a disaster.
Three strides away.
Maxi was no longer getting faster, but his strides were lengthening. His head was high, fighting against my hands.
Two strides away.
He was going to either do a massive leap over the obstacle, or a chip-in and then barely skim over. Neither I liked, both would be terrifying -
A whole stride early, he leaps.
I am honestly so relieved I didn't die that day.
(Told by Rosa Laqrosta)
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