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        03-16-2013, 10:50 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Talking

    Thanks for all the tips! Just to let yall know some sort of big news (if y'all care haha) I'm currently saving money to do my first horse trial with Ky! Entering as BN but I'm really excited! Any tips if yall have done one before? It in the beginning of May so I have time to get ready.
         
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        03-17-2013, 12:10 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    The biggest thing I noticed was the hands being too close to the saddle, and leaning forward. She looks like a great jumper! I don't think she is very consistent with her distances, though. I think the issue is just that you're leaning forward too much. Especially with a horse not trained to do jumping (just like my horse. He was trained western pleasure, so I had to turn him into an english and hunter jumper horse), they have a hard time feeling distances if you lean forward too much. It helped my horse a lot when I thought about sitting deep a little more, and bring my hands up. Not leaning back, because that will throw you off balance and you may get left behind, but if you just think about leaning back, you'll likely be perfectly fine. Just make sure you give a good release when you stop leaning forward!

    She'd make a great jumper, and looks like she's very willing!
         
        03-17-2013, 12:36 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9    
    The biggest thing I noticed was the hands being too close to the saddle, and leaning forward. She looks like a great jumper! I don't think she is very consistent with her distances, though. I think the issue is just that you're leaning forward too much. Especially with a horse not trained to do jumping (just like my horse. He was trained western pleasure, so I had to turn him into an english and hunter jumper horse), they have a hard time feeling distances if you lean forward too much. It helped my horse a lot when I thought about sitting deep a little more, and bring my hands up. Not leaning back, because that will throw you off balance and you may get left behind, but if you just think about leaning back, you'll likely be perfectly fine. Just make sure you give a good release when you stop leaning forward!

    She'd make a great jumper, and looks like she's very willing!
    Thanks! And our background is barrel racing so that's where the leaning forward come from haha. And she is very willing. When I learned she liked to jump we were loping along when it was starting to get dark and a tree had fallen and she jumped right over it! Haha Caught me off guard but I'm glad she did so now I can finally start doing the sport I love!!
         
        03-17-2013, 12:54 PM
      #14
    Foal
    You look great, I agree with everything said before me. She looks like she enjoys it! Do you ever have moments when she gets real excited and wants to run? My horse Millie is an ex-barrel racer too, and likes jumping, so I was wondering if had some of the same troubles.
         
        03-17-2013, 02:51 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by MillieSantana    
    You look great, I agree with everything said before me. She looks like she enjoys it! Do you ever have moments when she gets real excited and wants to run? My horse Millie is an ex-barrel racer too, and likes jumping, so I was wondering if had some of the same troubles.
    No. But I didn't barrel race her that much. Plus she doesn't really have any of the "barrel racers" bad habits. I did have a mare though that would sometime rear in the alley and she did that a couple of times when we were walking back to the house. It took me awhile to fix that habit. Haha
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        03-17-2013, 10:34 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Lucky you, Millie is an awesome horse, but once she gets goin' she doesn't like to stop at all.
         
        03-17-2013, 11:00 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by MillieSantana    
    Lucky you, Millie is an awesome horse, but once she gets goin' she doesn't like to stop at all.
    Haha. Ky can be that way sometimes but she listens pretty good and she knows that I hate it when she gets on the muscle real bad and looses all her sense haha I just have to talk to her or pat her and she comes back to me fairly well.
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        03-18-2013, 07:21 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Yeah, it's funny, Millie really is more of a lonerand at the bottom of thhe herd, but when she sees me come to the gate, she'll bite anyone in her way, including my other horse, to get to the gate.
         
        03-18-2013, 07:41 PM
      #19
    Showing
    She looks like a really neat little jumper, very willing and calm...I wasn't expecting calm from a former barrel horse.

    Only little things I can really pick at since I don't jump are in the flatwork. Like others said, sit up straighter between jumps and try to keep your hands off her neck. I don't know if you're aware, but you were on the wrong diagonal as you entered. I think you both could use a bit of work on your flying changes (or picking up the correct lead coming off the jump). From :40 to :50, she was on the wrong lead and stayed there...same thing happened after the very last jump. There were also several times that she'd change on the front but not the back and crossfire for a few strides.

    Just some little minor schooling things that can be expected of a relatively green (to jumping) horse and rider. All in all, pretty impressive. Congrats on the clean round!
         
        03-18-2013, 10:00 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    She looks like a really neat little jumper, very willing and calm...I wasn't expecting calm from a former barrel horse.

    Only little things I can really pick at since I don't jump are in the flatwork. Like others said, sit up straighter between jumps and try to keep your hands off her neck. I don't know if you're aware, but you were on the wrong diagonal as you entered. I think you both could use a bit of work on your flying changes (or picking up the correct lead coming off the jump). From :40 to :50, she was on the wrong lead and stayed there...same thing happened after the very last jump. There were also several times that she'd change on the front but not the back and crossfire for a few strides.

    Just some little minor schooling things that can be expected of a relatively green (to jumping) horse and rider. All in all, pretty impressive. Congrats on the clean round!
    Thank you! And yes we both have trouble with leads haha. We've been working on it for dressage (going to start eventing) so hopefully it'll get better in time!
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