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    05-31-2010, 07:06 PM
XC schooling and Hunter Pace

I hope this isn't too many pics for one post. We had a great day schooling for XC yesterday. The jumps were all smallish and inviting, and everyone who went had lots of success. And today was the first hunter pace of the season (one of my favorite things to do on a horse!). Most of the good jumps at the pace were in the woods, so the only one I really have is pretty blurry.
So here's what I see now that I am looking at the pictures...i WAY overjump! I even try to think about it going right up to the fence, and then bam! I must push my body up there instead of waiting for the jump of the horse to push me out of the saddle I will keep working...on an up-note Samson did so great both days! The only thing he refused was a silly tiny log at the very beginning of yesterday's ride. He did so well and was so reliable we even used him to guide some more nervous horses over fences. Such a good boy!
OK, here are the pics.
Getting ready to go

First jump


Cantering on course

I told you they were all small!

Up the bank

A little left behind



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    05-31-2010, 07:16 PM
Just a couple more pics...

Little jump with a drop

Coop. He took off earlier than I expected and i'm grabbing his mouth.


At the hunter pace


Such a good Samson! I LOVE my horse!
    05-31-2010, 07:19 PM
Looks like a ton of fun! Samson's gorgeous--wish he was for sale LOL!
    05-31-2010, 07:25 PM
Lol. He was for sale last fall when I found him.
But I think he has a lifetime home now.
    05-31-2010, 07:32 PM
That's good :) He's gorgggeeeooousss
    06-04-2010, 12:09 AM
Great pics, and you two look great together.

Just want to point out, when doing CC it is FAR better to get left behind, than get ahead of your horse. Those fences are unforgiving and if you were to get ahead and your horse stop - you're going to find yourself making an aquaintence with them, lol - but if you stay solid and keep your horse infront of you, and your horse stops - you're going no where.

I would far rather see a rider get left behind over a CC fence, than lurching themselves up and forward. Remember, riding a CC fence is NOT the same as riding a Stadium Fence.

:) Looks like you had a blast, and thanks so much for sharing your great pics!
    06-04-2010, 12:25 AM
Thanks for sharing, wow, the more xc pics I see, the more I'm dying to give it a go with Tanner. I just started jumping with him (really, just new to riding) but you guys all make it look like so much fun! Sampson sure looks like he loves it!
    06-04-2010, 06:31 AM
MI: thanks for taking a look. The thing that kills me is I know to sit back and wait...and I try so hard to do. We've gone over it in lessons, I practice on some XC style jumps at home...and like I said its frustrating to thne see pics and see that you threw whatever it was you were working on out the window. I guess that's why its good to look at pics, lets you se what's really happening. Guh. But thanks, i'll just keep trying. Especially for our event later this summer...

And Teal: you shoudl try it! It's a blast! I know the importance of all the other aspects of horsey stuff and riding, but it is so much fun and prob. Our favorite thing to do together.
    06-04-2010, 11:58 AM
Wren - yes, you are jumping ahead alot in the pictures, but that's ok. Like you said, without the pics, you would never know what you are doing incorrectly. Heck, I go back to my pictures to studdy my "form" so I can make a mental picture in my head so that when I am back out on the course, I can remember how NOT to ride.

What I have learnt by riding with a CIC*** and CCI*** rider on a monthly basis, who just got scouted by David O'Connor himself - is that you have to envision your body as an accordian that is being closed while over a fence.

What you are doing - is opening yourself, instead of closing yourself. Your ankles, knees, and hips are the folds in that accordian, and when you are at the point of take off - tell yourself, "Close myself"

So when you are at the point of take off - close yourself. Open your legs, allow your heels to absorb your bodies weight. Close your knee's instead of opening them...and close your hips instead of opening them. Remember - accordian.

I hope that helps :)
    06-04-2010, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Great pics, and you two look great together.

Just want to point out, when doing CC it is FAR better to get left behind, than get ahead of your horse. Those fences are unforgiving and if you were to get ahead and your horse stop - you're going to find yourself making an aquaintence with them, lol!
hahah don't I know it MIE!! Wren, looks like you had FUN!! Where in OH was your pace? Our first one was Memorial Day at Stone Gate Farm in northeast Ohio, but your course doesn't look familiar...

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