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    08-17-2012, 06:06 PM
Green Broke
I think you're awesome any jump you can walk away from is a good one. I think my horses enjoy watching me fly through the air.
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    08-18-2012, 01:26 AM
Green Broke
Haha thanks Joe! Honestly, I don't know if this mare was born loving jumping or was just trained correctly as a youngster (or both), but she's just a pleasure to jump most of the time. She can get a little rushy, so we work hard on that, but she's just super talented and will pretty much take any jump I point her at - although, often if it's a scary one, we have about as much grace as a cat being dropped into a bathtub.
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    08-18-2012, 03:02 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
we have about as much grace as a cat being dropped into a bathtub.
To complete the metal image I have to know if the bathtub is full or empty at the time
    08-19-2012, 12:47 PM
I think you both are doing great. The minor issues you are having, like rating her speed precisely and having to look down to check your leads are not specific to jumping (they are directly related to engagement of the hindquarters ) and as you get better in your dressage lessons, the skills you learn will be directly applicable to improving your jumping. So focus on that dressage (aka, flatwork) and let jumping be a fun way to add variety but don't sweat it.
    08-19-2012, 11:06 PM
Green Broke
Thanks Amanda! All in all, Zierra is a much better jumper then I am and I'm glad she puts up with me! Jumping is very limited now as getting into shape is more important and we just like doing some gymnastics on occasion! Hopefully we can post some improved videos by next year!
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    08-19-2012, 11:28 PM
You look fairly wobbly coming up to your fences, as if you are trying to pump your upper body to get her motivated and up to speed, then you collapse with your upper body and drop her (ie stop riding) to figure it on her own a stride or two away - I think that part of that has to do with your looking down.
Quiet with your upper body - you don't have to worry much over these small fences; let her close your hip angle. Pick a spot on the other side of the arena and don't take your eyes off of it - keep your chin up and eyes up. If you look down, especially coupled with riding ahead, that's where you're going to end up if she decides to play dirty and stop/run out. Learn to feel her leads and cross canter; don't rely on looking down to figure it out.
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    08-20-2012, 12:07 AM
I think you guys look great, I really enjoy watching you guys and I hope to be jumping my own little arabian soon!
    08-21-2012, 04:16 PM
The main thing that stood out to me was that you were almost always looking at the floor
I'm also guilty of this (I like to check what the horse is doing haha)
    08-22-2012, 12:49 PM
Green Broke
Thanks guys! I will do my best to stop looking down and just focus. I think it's a LOT more tricky trotting up to fences as well - more difficult to pick a spot! Ashley was out riding and did some cross rails and a 2'0" vertical on her and she was amazing! I'm hoping to enter a cross rail class with her in October and possibly a 2'0" hunter class. I know we have NO chance of pinning, it would just be exposure and to get her showing again!
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