Vivaldi had been having a lot of trouble adjusting to her new life.
She was strictly a dressage horse. However, Hannah had decided that they would by her, as she saw tremendous hunter potential in the grey mare.
Vivaldi had never seen jumps. Her entire life she was trained in dressage, and it was rare that all four of her feet were off of the ground at the same time. Hannah, however, hoped it would be a smooth transition. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
Vivaldi balked at any sign of a jump, she would side step, refuse, and rear to get away from the fence.
The staff had enough on their plates. Sure they had finished horses, but there were many more who they were working on training. Hope was five years old and barely knew how to canter under saddle, Gypsy was just now starting to jump on the lunge line, and Regal was having difficulty moving up in height.
So they brought Julie in. She was a great trainer, but a horrible horsewoman. She saw horses as an animal of servitude, not a partner. But she did get the job done, and done well.
Hannah didn't want Vivaldi to have a bad experience with an apathetic teacher, but her hands were tied. She needed extra trainers, and she couldn't devote the time to Vivaldi that she needed.
Julie hopped on the horse and had her cantering around easily, but then again, that wasn't much of a feat for the mare. She was wonderful on the flat.
Finally it was time to begin jumping, and Hannah's heart raced as she watched Julie bring the mare to a small oxor. Julie always figured it was better to do scarier jumps first--that way the horse would be used to them, and simple verticals and crossrails would be a piece of cake.
She tightened her grip around Vivaldi's barrel and drove her forward. The mare's head flew into the air, she stride shortened and she had all but going over the jump on her mind. Julie smacked her with the crop. Vivaldi threw a buck. Julie sat tight. She squeezed the mare harder, there were only two strides left before takeoff. She hit her with the crop once more, and Vivaldi flew over the fence.
"Oh my god..." Hannah murmured.
Vivaldi had jumped...
Not too happy with it, but wanted to get it up