Now that Rio is sticking to walk/trot on the trails this summer while we get some weight off him, I have returned to lessoning on lesson horses at my barn. I didn’t really realize until my first lesson back that I haven’t jumped since I broke my foot, over 5 months ago!
You know that phenomenon where when you haven’t done something in a long period of time, you stop missing it as much? That is what had happened to me with jumping. I really didn’t miss it, and wasn’t in a huge hurry to get back to it. I was just enjoying saddle time with Rio, and figured we would jump when he was ready. Once that time line was pushed back considerably though, I would probably enjoy some jump lessons. I went ahead an scheduled one, but I was still feeling a bit ambivalent about it. Not because I don’t love my barn or trainer, but I think because moving back to a lesson horse from Rio felt like taking a step backwards.