Carl and I went xcountry today and it was a BLAST! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures or videos which was probably for the best since I really got to just play around and feel him out. Since I am a broke college student I don’t know how much eventing I’ll be able to do while at school but I was super eager to try him out in xcountry before we leave for TTown. Carl is so much fun to ride and his jump is just so dang comfy and he’s so brave to everything that the jumps were the least of my worries. He got body worked over the weekend so he hadn’t been ridden in a few days so when we got jumping he was soooo excited he forgot he had a rider on his back for a couple seconds after. Also since I’m not as fit as I once was and he’s not in tip top performance shape either, I didn’t have the energy needed to ride the back end of every jump like he needed me too. But as we kept going we figured more stuff out and he was an angel! We did some tiny little courses with banks and water and he didn’t bat an eye. We played with ditches which have always been a huge terror for me and I could have ridden them all day on him. Like I didn’t mind one bit!! We finished by popping over a training jump and I was gonna wussy out bc I haven’t been xcountry in easily over a year and it’s always been a little nerve wracking for me but he was perfect and it felt like absolutely nothing! One of my favorite things about Carl is that he is brave and eager to jump anything I point him to and the size is never intimidating to me when I ride him which is a first. Something about how confident he is makes me more confident but I don’t know him so well that I feel like I don’t have to ride it. But yeah today was amazing and so positive and I’m so excited to work together with him because I feel like things are going well and we have so much to work on and so much time to do it. And my favorite part is I don’t feel like I have to be at a certain point at a certain time I can just work on whatever I see fit and just focus on improvements day to day. I’m just so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work with this amazing horse for the next few years!!!