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    03-21-2012, 04:00 AM
Just looking for insight on my riding and my horse

My mare Dani is a Canadian Thoroughbred. She will be 19 in April. I got her September of 2007 and when I got her she was abused and had been a broodmare for 8 years. I show hunters with her, just looking for opinions on her and I.

DangrouslyPrecious's Channel - YouTube

^ That is my Youtube channel. Those videos were taken over winter break. I hadn't ridden in over a month and I had just got back from a neck/shoulder injury. She likes to get very strong while jumping, she gets excited so she pulls hard. Some days she is better than others with her pulling/head flicking.

The above two are from lessons with my trainer

Showing at Lamplight in Wayne, IL at a NIHJA Show

Showing at Illinois State Junior Horse Show in Springfield, IL

Showing at Crosswinds Farms in Marengo, IL

Just riding at my barn

Most of the pictures are fairly old, especially the last one.

Any commentary is appreciated! (:
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    03-21-2012, 06:02 AM
Jumping looks good. However in your flat seat sit up straight , shoulders back, stretch your lower leg down and hands up. Also remember to look on the line your traveling . Don't look half way around the circle.
    03-21-2012, 06:13 PM
    03-22-2012, 02:13 AM
Welcome :)
    03-22-2012, 03:13 AM
I don't jump so can't really say much about it. Looks like you might be holding your breath a bit and kind of locking up after the jump. Can you use focussed and slowed breathing to help slow her down?

On the flat I thought you looked perfectly fabulous. So quiet, such a tidy lower leg , solid, quiet hands and happy trusting horse. Very nice picture.
    03-22-2012, 07:42 PM
She cracks her back pretty hard when jumping so the landing is always rough for me from being propelled upward. We have tried almost every trick in the book to try to get her to slow down, it only works when she wants it to. Stubborn mares (:
    03-23-2012, 12:57 PM
I love your jumping position :p Extreme jelousy ;) A question on your mare - she looks like she overjumps just a little. Not really high per say, but ... wide? I'm not the best judge on horses, just thought I'd mention what I did say :)
    03-23-2012, 01:14 PM
Thank you so much! And you are correct, she overjumps a lot. We call it BooBoo Levitation ;) She jumps too wide and usually about a foot above the jump haha We have tried fixing it with poles before and after jumps and other things like that but she will just jump over the back ground pole with the jump. Do you know of any exercises I could use to try to fix that?
    03-23-2012, 03:13 PM
Diamond used to go wide, and the poles worked for her. If the poles don't work for BooBoo (cute name :p) then I would make them jumps! I would set up bounces. Maybe this at whatever height -

Bounce, 1 stride, bounce, bounce, 2 stride, 1 stride, bounce, 2 stride.

Or if you don't have that many jumps =

Bounce, 1 stride, bounce, 2 stride, bounce

I think that would help :) I would test her over a bounce first though - to make sure she doesn't take it as a spread. Be ready if she does! The gymnastics might teach her to shorted her stride and really think about what she is doing. I can't believe she's 19!! She looks so young!!
    03-26-2012, 08:05 PM
Thanks! I'll have to try that! And yeah, everyone is usually shocked to find out her age when they first see her. She was a broodmare for 8 years and had 7 babies so I think all those years out of work helped her age well. (:

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