Hi guys! I'd like to hear your thoughts on my mare as a jumper. She stands right around 15.1hh, and turned 5 early June this year. My trainer & I have noticed that she's a bit butt high, and she said she still has some growing to do and might even out a little more. What do you think?
I've started doing some small jump training with her, taking it slow with canter poles and gridwork/gymnastics first - both because she's still young and growing and also new to it. I spend a lot of time reading magazines, researching, and watching youtube to further my knowledge and be able to work with my mare more effectively!
Anyways, I'm not expecting her to be a high level jumper at all. Unfortunately, the area where I live is dominated by western so I'd have to travel out-of-state to go to a jumping competition (unlikely happening before college)
I'd just like to be aware of any major conformation faults that could effect her form and/or ability over jumps. She seems to enjoy the work we've been doing mentally/emotionally.
Anything glare out to you? Any joints or areas that I should watch specifically/be aware of?
We're taking it slow, but I'd like to hear what you think!
Also, just out of curiosity.. would she be better suited for hunters or jumpers?
Here's a shot from last october (2012) for a little comparision:
Two weeks ago:
And then some work from this week: (Focusing on keeping my hands & body still and not pulling on her mouth)
Andd a final one to show a bit of movement: