Von’s body wriggled with excitement, her face alight with eagerness, when she spotted the hurdles in the ring.
“Calm down!” Tori yelped, struggling again the pull of the Tokota. She whistled sharply, and Von stilled, glancing back as her ears swiveled forwards. Tori sighed. “Von, I know you love jumping, but this is serious! Okay, you big goof?” She reached up to scratch behind the cream’s ears as she spoke.
None had been more surprised than Tori at the reaction Von had when first introduced to show jumping. The shy and skittish Toko had opened up once she understood that she was to jump the hurdles in the order instructed at the fastest possible time. She seemed to love the speed and exercise, and she was often too afraid to do more than trot along nervously when ridden out in the wilds.
“You ready, girl?” Tori whispered, removing the halter and double checking the collar.
The Toko huffed, prancing in place.
“Okay then. Go!”
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