Saturday, 16 March 2019

Jess the Courageous

Today I was present for one of the greatest acts of courage I've seen in a long, long while.

Jess is one of the vaulters I coach on a Saturday. She's only been coming for quite a short while - a few months - but in that time she's achieved a lot! She's not much taller than our big vaulting horse's legs, but that hasn't stopped her from getting up there every week and learning new skills.
Sometimes Jess gets nervous about things, which is understandable really, when you consider that I'm asking a small person to do some fairly ridiculous things on a large horse! She found it hard to hang her weight off the side of the horse and transfer onto the neck - but she did it. She found it hard to move back from the neck to his back - but she did it. She found it hard to be one of three people on the horse at the same time - but she did it. Funnily enough, she didn't find it very hard to kneel on his back in trot and let go!