|Bigger log – note the tongue|
We even did some cantering around the field. You can see the other, bigger jumps in the background.
It was really hot so we did all of the little jumps and then we went over to the other field to try out the ditch and bank. With all the trail riding we do, I didn’t figure Nilla would care about a ditch, but I still figured I’d play it safe so First I walked Nilla over to the ditch. She just literally walked through it.
So we came around and trotted over it. Our first jump was quite exciting as on landing we cantered off towards the forest around the field and this scared some turkey who all took off in a burst of noise, which terrified Nilla and sent us bolting off for about 3 strides. Then she came back to me and we walked over to the forest to look for the turkeys. She had her ears pricked, but just looked around, decided she wasn’t concerned and we came around again to do the ditch. My husband took a cool slo-mo video of that one.
Then we finished because it was a millions degrees out, Nilla had already done a lot, and I wanted to end on a good note. I was very impressed with Nilla. Not only did she jump everything like a good little mule, she did it all alone with no other horses out there for comfort. Aside from trying to stuff her face with everything in sight, she was very well-behaved. It’s a shame mules aren’t allowed in evening. I am keeping my eye out for any more schooling shows as non-rated events can chose to allow mules at their own discretion.