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post #1 of 5 Old 11-23-2011, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Pony Jumping 2'6"-3'

This is my friend riding my pony. I'm trying to work up to 3' courses, tell me how she looks!


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Very cute. Great front end, clearly willing to jump from any spot, keeps a lovely steady pace to her fences.

My recommendation for working up is to set up a little one stride gymnastic, either with trot poles or a placement rail on the approach, and then crossrail to a nice squarish oxer. Raise the oxer 3" after she jumps through well twice at the lower height. When she nails this exercise at 3' twice in a row, and progressing to 3' quickly, add another fence 4 - 6 strides away, but definitely a related distance, at 2'9" - 3', also with a canter stride placement rail.

When she canters down to the single fence confidently and jumps in good form, you can start jumping lines at 3'. Once she's confident and happy jumping individual lines, and assuming the bigger fences don't interfere with her rebalancing in the turns, (A symptom of jumping too big too soon is that the horse lands on its forehand, runs into the corner and has trouble executing a clean change or reorganizing for the next line.) go ahead and string together some courses.

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I love this pony and he/she has lots of talent. I do wish you would do some dressage flat work, though. The pony is stiff on his turns and counterflexes throughout the turns. This will make it hard to rate and get nice calm turns while on course. If he bent on the turns he could maintain his balance so much better. He would flow through the course.

Keep working with this pony! It's a KEEPER!
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lovely willing pony :) x
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I love this pony and he/she has lots of talent. I do wish you would do some dressage flat work, though. The pony is stiff on his turns and counterflexes throughout the turns. This will make it hard to rate and get nice calm turns while on course. If he bent on the turns he could maintain his balance so much better. He would flow through the course.

Keep working with this pony! It's a KEEPER!
It wasn't me riding, and she's terrified of each end so its hard to get her to listen to inside leg, but I've been trying to work at it a lot.

She's soooo talented and willing, I love her :)

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