TheLastUnicorn- Thanks for the tip! Very helpful!!!!! Alex is a very tall Saddlebred, like 16.2 hands high. I don't know. I think I need to be more experienced in jumping myself. I've never jumped before. But would love to!
Specialdelivery- Your horse is from William Shattner?? Really? Did he used to show in saddleseat?? He is a very nice horse! What's his name?
Probably a good idea... or maybe look into getting a great coach who can help you two learn together. The early stages of training a horse to jump and training a rider to jump are pretty similar.
A few photos of me and my 6yr old ASB mare, El Dorado's Vanilla Ice this weekend at her first games day. This little mare has been under saddle less than a year, and it was her very first time out with a lot of strange horses, in a keyed up environment to boot!
She was 2nd in pole bending, and we got a 3rd in a team event (had to pick up clothing and put them in a laundry hamper). She was a pretty good girl considering how much "new" things bother her and we didn't have a chance to practice all of the games... even the ones we did practice at home were challenging for her in the new environment.
This game was supposed to be "equine soccer" but there were some good gusts of wind and the game changed to having to "whack" the ball into a goal instead of the horse pushing it. "Aurora" was less enthused about the game change
For some reason even things that she's normally great about were "scary" for her in this context... a little less than impressed about me having to pull clothing out of backpack (which eats horses... just ask her) and wear it
Working Equitation - involved a number of challenges... this one was pulling a hockey stick out of the barrel and knocking the tennis balls off of the cones (blue barrels eat horses too!)
And her very first jump under saddle... I was going to "opt out" of this obstacle, but then figured we couldn't afford the penalty after a bit of time wasted over crossing a tarp, she tried to deek out on me (she was supposed to jump the bale), but we still got "credit" for it, even though it wasn't technically over the bale