I've been really debating giving up on jumping at this point in my life - for one thing, I don't want a new horse, and my horse is 20. I have terrible luck in most aspects of my life and I don't want anything to happen to him. For another, our jumping was getting out of hand - we competed in it together for 6 years and he was all go and no whoa. This summer we took it back to the basics and have been working extensively on dressage.
Prior to mid-May, Cody hadn't been ridden since August, and hadn't been REALLY ridden since a year before that. He was headstrong, pushy, hollow, quick and skittish. I have ridden him once a week in lessons (plus 3-5 times a week at home) since mid-May.
Some notes about this video:
*it was hot as the hollows of hell today and he was lazy lazy LAZY. He is typically tracking up. Also, we typically do not have to 'encourage' canter.
*the video is 8 of 60 minutes of footage - I thought it represented my lesson well. The good, the bad, and the ugly is all in there.
*he is Arab/Welsh and has spent his life jumping 3' courses at breakneck speed.
*I am coming off of a 2 year hiatus from riding.
Now, if you please, I'm looking for a critique of both him & I, as well as what you think his potential is? I'd really really love to take him to first level. In the past we've only done training.
Thanks guys :)
*also, the video is kind of crappy quality, and there are no transitions (I'm not very fancy haha). I'm going to try uploading it on facebook in the morning and seeing if it improves the quality. I realize what is here is kind of hard to critique.