Hello again all my forum friends!!
So, as some of you already know who've been following my story, when I got Sandie almost 7 months ago, she was "green broke" and didn't even know how to pick up a canter. Now, 7 months later, she knows the cue and she's even learning to JUMP!!!! I am SO proud of what this little pony has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time, especially since she was a rescue...the vet that looked her over when I first got her actually laughed at me when I told her I wanted to show Sandie!
She was 150 lbs overweight at that point and had no muscle tone...she was getting winded just trotting back and forth in the arena during the vet check! I was a little upset by all the doubt, but all that did was motivate me even MORE and Sandie has such natural talent, she's really turning out to be not only a wonderful horse but a good friend too.
Anyway that said, I wanted to share some pictures/videos from today - we were practicing picking up the canter (she still kind of runs into it which we're trying to correct with my trainer)...but she has come a long way with it...she used to just hand gallop, and she was very heavy on the forehand, and she's starting to slow down now and really balance herself better
We also did some jumping, and any of you eventers/hunters/jumpers out there, feel free to give me any pointers about my form, I am just learning (started jumping about 1 1/2 months ago now) so I need tips. My trainer gives them to me all the time, here are some of the things we're trying to work on...
1. releasing my hands so that I don't catch her in the mouth - I think I accomplished that pretty well in this clip, although it was brief (which I go into below)
2. bending at the hips (I used to hunch my back, almost inverting it when I jumped) So in this video I tried to over exaggerate the movement to make sure my back was flatter and not hunched
3. keeping my legs on and not letting them slide backwards (I did NOT accomplish that in this video lol)
4. waiting for Sandie and not "jumping ahead"...I would say I jumped ahead a little bit in this video, but not too bad
One thing I'm trying to figure out is that if you'll notice, it's almost like I go into position for a split second and then I sit up really quick and hit her on the back! I know I have to stop doing that, but does anyone have any good tips on how to stay in my jumping position over the fence longer without unbalancing myself on the landing?? I just can't seem to get the timing of that right...
Here's the canter video (and some car full of idiots drove by while we were cantering so don't mind the screaming sounds lol)
Here's some cool photos I was able to capture from these videos too!