First off, I know my riding is utterly disgusting in this video, and I'm not going to make any excuses for it, I should have done better.. The reason the neckstrap was there was because as in the video it says that was DJ's first ever jump under saddle, I didn't know what to expect so I figured that if I grabbed a hold of that then if she happened to go superman on me I wasn't going to bang her in the mouth and ruin everything.
For those of you that don't know DJ, she come to me as a horse for my mum to farm ride on and seemed perfect to start with... Until a few days in when she started rearing both under saddle and on the lead, pulling back while tied and while being lead, kicking out and bucking etc, escaping from her paddock, flipping out at the sight of a saddle, basically she turned into a complete and utter nightmare and I had to start from scratch with her, which I have never had to do before so it was a huge learning curve.
When I first restarted her under saddle, we leg yielded everywhere, DJ couldn't walk in a straight line, couldn't trot in a straight line, and couldn't canter at ALL, she would stop as if she had hit a wall, and start rearing and there wasn't a darn thing you could do about it, so obviously, anything else was out of the question until I could stop the rearing and get her to go in straight lines when asked to.
This video is almost a year old now, but it still shows a huge amount of achievement and I am so incredibly proud of DJ to have made such a huge improvement, there is no rearing, no hesitations, you can see her listening to me as we approach the jump (which is all of 30cm high but that is not the point), and there is only a hint of her going sideways rather than forwards.
I come across the video today, I haven't ridden her for a long time now due to being so sick (and now being on crutches) but I will get back to her training as soon as I recover from my up and coming surgery.