Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I know there have been a fair amount of comments on this, but just going to add what worthy my two cents will be.
First video: I know you commented that she was rushing towards the fence somewhere ^^ up there, but you had an opportunity to make a circle before coming to the first fence. You should have organized yourself a bit more before coming to the fence. After the first jump you zagged pretty hard. Hunters is about pretty and smooth. You would have been better to leg yeild her over to the wall, or more towards the track. You had plenty of room to have a good approach to the second jump. (If you open up your inside rein just a bit when going over a fence and "look" in the direction that you are wanting to go, you are more likely to get your lead.) The diagonal line looked a lot straighter then the first outside line (jumps 2/3). Coming into the last fence you were not very straight. I would finish a round with at least 1/2 to 3/4 of a circle at a canter, on the correct lead....even if it meant doing a simple change. During the course, I would do the same...simple change to get the leads, especially if you guys are just starting to show as a team.
Second video: Not straight to the first fence. The approach to the second fence looks funny.....it isn't very smooth. It looks like you turned at the very top of the arena too soon, then realized your mistake. Go deeper into your corners and use the whole arena. When you go deep into the corners, you will have more time to slow down and get your canter back, which is what you need to do with a rusher. The white line was much better the second time you rode it, and I am going to assume that you guys are still getting used to striding. However, you should have slightly pushed/collected for that to make the striding fit.... She got 4.5 strides, and could have easily gotten the 4 with a bit of push, or a nice 5 with a bit of collection. It doesnt take much either way to make it the right striding. You totally dropped her in front of the fence that she stopped at about a stride out. You stopped riding to it, which was your fault. Then you came into it with her looking at it with what looks like to be no extra leg the second time. It was a smooth line though, and I really liked it. If you hadn't trotted in though, I think you would have had a hard time with the striding again.
She looks like she will be a really good hunter mare given some more experience. Work a bit more on your striding....set a line up that you know is for a quiet 5 strides, and then do 5 strides....but also collect for 6/7 or push for a more flowing 4.
You said your mare rushes, correct? Then set her up in the first corner and have her come back to you. It is the best way to have organization when you go to your next fence.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus