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post #11 of 16 Old 09-21-2009, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Yeah the xc was really long only because it was a cross country derby. It wasn't a full event, but we got 1st place in that!
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-22-2009, 01:34 PM
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Your riding is excellent but there are things you can do to help your horse, now that you said he's a former WP mount I can understand about his movement. He jumps with all 4 feet, but he's athletic enough to get away with it. You need to do TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS and get him off his forehand. You also need to learn to rock him back over the fence so he bascules instead of "bunny hopping" as I think the jump was coined earlier. Gymnastics, lots of dressage flat work with half halts every few strides to really make him work uphill and collected will make the world of difference and he will go from being nice to being amazing. Also, to help him learn to bascule you can half halt him coming into the fences while driving him with your legs. You basically want him lifting his front end higher each stride starting at least 3 strides away from the fence. So when you finally hit the distance he is so far on his haunches that his front end naturally raises and he uses those powerful hindquarters to power you over the fences. You can also use bounce poles and actual bounces like cross rail to vertical or something like that to get him to sit back on his haunches to jump. All in all though you are doing really well and keep up the good work. You can ride very well, now you're entering the uncharted waters of having to train and ride at the same time!
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-22-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by NittanyEquestrian View Post
He jumps with all 4 feet, but he's athletic enough to get away with it. You need to do TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS, TRANSITIONS and get him off his forehand.
This is basically what we have been working on last winter and over the summer, we'll be working on it even more this winter too. I know this is one of his main jumping flaws, and we have been working on getting him down to the base of the jump to get him jumping rounder, too. Thank you for your advice, I'll be sure to mention it to my trainer!
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-22-2009, 09:42 PM
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I can't say anything that hasn't already been pointed out. I just have to say your boy is super cute and you two work great together!!!

~CoCo 17hh 4 yo OTTB~
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-29-2009, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou so much! I get a lot of comments on dressage tests and stuff about how we're a good team haha (:
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-06-2009, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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I have some more pictures from my previous show, my first sanctioned event! The footing was terrible because the farm had just recently got it redone but they put too much of whatever is on the top layer. It was about 4 inches deep, (the weather was terrible and it was pouring all day) technically adding that much height to the jump. We ended up in 6th place out of 15 people. Tell me what you think everyone!
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