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    07-08-2012, 03:23 PM
  #21
Yearling
Wonderful thing, too - when you start supporting yourself (and subsequently your horse) with your leg, you'll get "more horse" under you. He looks like he may take some real encouragement to keep moving, and once you get your leg solid, you will be able to efficiently help your horse maintain impulsion and energy. Beautiful boy, reminds of my friend's horse Snowball. :)
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    07-08-2012, 09:58 PM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
i hope he wasnt tied by his reins !?!?
He was, actually. It's a bad habit I have....but he is never tied like that for more than five minutes. Normally, if I go to set up a jump or if I want a break, I just slip off his bridle and let him chill out in the arena. I couldn't do that this time, though, because the people who were in the arena with me wouldn't let me close the gate. I also don't think they would have appreciated me letting my horse loose with three of their horses, even if the gate was closed. I wish they would have just let me close the gate and let him run loose for a few minutes while I set up a small jump. He usually behaves pretty well with other horses.

So yeah, it was my fault. It was also a mistake; an accident on my part. HOWEVER, as a replacement bridle, I'm getting a Freedom Bridle. You can use it bitless, with a bit, or as a halter. So I won't have the "tied by the reins" problem any more.
     
    07-08-2012, 10:00 PM
  #23
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
Wonderful thing, too - when you start supporting yourself (and subsequently your horse) with your leg, you'll get "more horse" under you. He looks like he may take some real encouragement to keep moving, and once you get your leg solid, you will be able to efficiently help your horse maintain impulsion and energy. Beautiful boy, reminds of my friend's horse Snowball. :)
Haha, thanks. Actually, my horse is quiet lazy. He doesn't need too much encouragement (seeing as he'll go from a trot to a gallop if he wants to, ha ha), given that he has TONS of spark. But he is lazy....
     
    07-09-2012, 08:27 AM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Ripplewind    
Haha, thanks. Actually, my horse is quiet lazy. He doesn't need too much encouragement (seeing as he'll go from a trot to a gallop if he wants to, ha ha), given that he has TONS of spark. But he is lazy....
Yes they can all be spunky "when they want" lol unfortunately 90% of the time when THEY want to be is not when YOU want them to be!! And when you do want it, they don't. :P Clever ponies

Seriously though, I believe being able to keep your leg on him will get him moving better. Sometimes a lot of little reminders (I.E., squeezing when he starts to slow down or using a vocal cue) is not as effective as keeping a solid leg on his barrel and driving him forward
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    07-10-2012, 02:03 PM
  #25
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
Yes they can all be spunky "when they want" lol unfortunately 90% of the time when THEY want to be is not when YOU want them to be!! And when you do want it, they don't. :P Clever ponies

Seriously though, I believe being able to keep your leg on him will get him moving better. Sometimes a lot of little reminders (I.E., squeezing when he starts to slow down or using a vocal cue) is not as effective as keeping a solid leg on his barrel and driving him forward
Yup. I showed my trainer what it looks like when Winny and I jump three feet (or a little over. I haven't measured it yet.), and he said he was very surprised and impressed that we were able to make it over at all, let alone without dying. Winchester has some jump, and I guess I have a good grip! He had us do it a few times, and we improved a bit. But we still have a ways to go before we go up to four feet. Either way, I scored an AWESOME jumper.
     
    07-12-2012, 09:48 AM
  #26
Yearling
One thing I noticed is that you have this tendency to hunch over, especially right before the jump. It's not an uncommon problem, because I actually have posture problems too. You'll want to open your chest like you're going to crow, as someone told me. Also, I think you might be hunching because you're nervous as to whether or not your horse will jump. I have the same exact problem. My instructor always tells me that the best defense is to sit up straight and not hunch over. When you're riding, sit up tall. And try to remember it over the jump - it's pretty hard, but once you get into the habit of it, it gets easier.

Your horse is very pretty! And with some tweaks to your position, I think you will be well on your way to your goal! :)
     

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