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    04-25-2013, 02:59 PM
They are full of puppy goodness. Pretty smart, too. Very loving, will fallow you everywhere. I go for walkabouts, and they stay right there near me. Took their shots like champs. Will turn out to be some great dawgs.
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    04-25-2013, 03:08 PM
GUYS! I found another horse to try! His name is Rusty (Cruising On) and he's 7yo, 16.1hh, Irish TB, grey gelding. ill post a vid/pic in a second :)
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    04-25-2013, 03:10 PM
    04-25-2013, 03:21 PM
I haven't posted on here in a while..
Well, my parents finally found a new place to live in Bandera, TX! Which I am very excited about. :) It's just a tiny little house, but it's sitting on a few acres and surrounded by horse people. Maybe I can get a job there? That would be so awesome, I can't even begin to imagine. My parents are even talking about buying me a horse to keep in TX. The only problem with that is I have such a huge responsibility here in AR. I have Lakota, who is off to the trainer's, being broke to ride as I speak. I need to be in AR to ride him regularly..Not off in Bandera, as sad as it is to say. :/
I might be moving back to AR soon, which I know is a disappointment to my mom & my step-dad. Maybe once Lakota has been hauled enough times, my brother & I can trailer him to Texas. I hope so. I just can't imagine life without my baby. But I'm missing my mom so much right now, its unbearable. I'm torn between the 2 states that I love. </3
    04-25-2013, 03:40 PM
Oooh TBJ He's nice! He's sailing right over those jumps like it's nothing. I really don't know anyhing about jumping, although it looks so fun (I do however scout things along the trail when I ride to jump my mare over, lol I love it!)
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    04-25-2013, 03:51 PM
The ONLY thing my trainer and I do not like about him is his knee position. He seems lazy with them and they hang down instead of him pulling them up to his chest. But that can be solved with weighted boots and a few..... "challenging" jumps hehehehhe
    04-25-2013, 04:01 PM
Originally Posted by ThoroughbredJumper    
The ONLY thing my trainer and I do not like about him is his knee position. He seems lazy with them and they hang down instead of him pulling them up to his chest. But that can be solved with weighted boots and a few..... "challenging" jumps hehehehhe
See, that's not something I even notice to me he seems great! I don't know what kind of tack is used, but I can totally see him in a bright red plaid blanket and shiny black saddle and bridle. (I know that isn't important but I couldn't help but think of it)

How long have you been jumping? What got you started? I'm asking because I wonder if it's something one of my daughters may enjoy later on. I'm too old (well I guess 30 isn't THAT old) and fat to start it myself! Hahahahaaa
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    04-25-2013, 04:11 PM
Ive been "jumping" forrrr..... 6ish yrs now? Had a trainer from hell for the first 3 1/2years and have been with my current trainer for 2 1/2 years. I've only been COMPETING though for about 1 1/2yrs and have worked hard to get to the height I am now. :) without my current trainer though.... I probably would have either died, quit, or hated jumpers. (when I say my old trainer was from hell.... IM NOT KIDDING) heres a picture from when I "first started" competing (on the paint) and my form now. Jumping, as a whole, is hard to learn and even harder to master. But soooo worth it if you're with the right trainer who teacher proper technique.

And yeah, the whole knees thing is important for higher level jumpers, because you don't want your horse to tuck his knees below his chest and risk catching a rail with them, which risks a flip. Knees up and hooves to the chest is the best form to avoid hitting rails, and to keep both horse and rider safe. :)
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    04-25-2013, 04:24 PM
Wow big difference there! Glad you found a trainer who worked to show you the right way. I've seen videos and pics of jumping accidents...and yikes!
All I can think of is Christopher Reeve (Superman) and what happened to him.
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    04-25-2013, 04:33 PM
Yeah and that first pic was taken 7 months after I had already left my old barn, the "brain washing" they gave me lasted for about 8 months. Then when I woke up and realized what they had taught me and how dangerous and wrong it was I have advanced so quickly. I couldn't be more great full for my trainer. She's my 2nd mom, and she believes in me and my riding ability, whereas my old trainer thought I was "go-nowhere garbage". ALL I have to say, is pick your trainer wisely! And go to shows and watch their riders before saying "yes".

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