I was looking around for some pictures of Indy's hooves for my other thread in Horse Health when I found these pics of him free jumping. What do you think? I bought him as a jumper prospect (maybe 3 day eventing) but have not yet made the switch to English with him. Some of you may have read about the many training issues I have had with him but he is coming along and I am hoping to upload pics and videos of me riding him tomorrow.
Anyway, what do you think? The shortest jump is about a foot. The highest jump in these pics is about two and a half. The highest he has done and cleared with inches to spare is about 3 1/2, maybe a little bit closer to four feet. I forgot his boots this day so I didn't want to risk jumping him higher without them.
Things I noticed: His ears are forward in most of them, sometimes looks like his left front is a little bit lower then his right (but so far he has not knocked a jump with the fronts, the only time he has was with his back when he kind of hopped forward instead of over), and he over jumps a lot on the smaller jumps.
Not based on the pictures (when I watch him from the ground): He is learning to get his stride [learning to shorten and lengthen], when I count 3 2 1 he usually gets a better spot, he will go over most of the jumps without any encouragement from me, and from the ground it does not look like he over-jumps.
Also, I normally where
Let me know what you think! Thanks.
P.S. Normally when he jumps I have him wear boots on all four + bell boots on the front. The day I took these pictures I left them all at home after being washed. Do you think it's a good idea for him to have the boots on while jumping? I also use them when I know I am going to be going on a longer ride.
Alright here are the pictures.