This is maybe my third time jumping him 2'6" [without falling off] so I'm still getting used to it. Also, I just figured out how to ride him without 1904289043 refusals, lol. He's also veryvery sensitive and ready to party in this cold weather, so I was having fun down the lines trying to stay in control.
Also - how is my release? I used to "snap" my hands up off his neck on the landing side, I'm trying really hard to stop doing that.
I'm finally starting to actively look for and ride for a distance more than 2 strides away, which has made our rides a looot better. We had a few long distances where I got a touch left behind because when I realize we're going to get a bad distance, I tend to just leg him on and hope for the best. [Better than my old response which was to drop my hands and turtle]. Actually, you can see my old response in the one jump that he refuses...I saw that our distance was going to be less than ideal, and I completely stopped riding. I'm getting better though, I swear!
I'm sorry about the video quality, my dad was cold so he was recording from the observation room and he doesn't have the steadiest hands.
Aaand just for comparison,just so you can see our...issues with going OVER fences [video is from early august]
Tear me apart?
Thanks so much!