Oh my goodness!! I've seen lots of horses jump, but man Maia has style!
I freejumped her today. I've jumped her before, but never knew what it looked like, so today I did a warm-up in the saddle, then took everything off and freejumped her - it was SO exciting!!
Started off with a simple crossrail, which seemed too easy for her, so we bumped it up to a vertical, and that was still too easy, she trotted over it.. So we put it to about 2'6" (vertical) and put a canter pole in front of it to make her think about her distance... SHE JUMPED THE WHOLE THING!! It had to be a 6' spread (or more!) between the ground pole and the jump, and the jump was 2'6" - she did it without so much as trying!
She has a REALLY cute tuck, and really uses her back. My friend and I were absolutely blown away at how well she did.
I only jumped her to about 3' (again, with absolute ease!) because I didn't want her to get overfaced.
I am so excited! I can't wait to (slowly) get the ball rolling for jumping under saddle!!
Oh, and she was SO HAPPY doing it - she cantered around the ring (slowly!) with her ears pricked, tail high, and lower lip flopping around. We didn't even have to work hard to get her over the fence - she only deeked out once and that was my fault, other than that she jumped it and really enjoyed it! I didn't have to worry about setting up a chute or anything, it was just two standards against the wall, and she jumped it great!
I haven't seen that kind of style in a long time.... and I own it! Hehe!!
ETA - I knew there was a reason I named her "My Style"!