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        04-04-2012, 11:58 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    I jumped 3'6"! :p

    So within the past week I've started riding a new horse, Aria. She's an 11yr old Thoroughbred mare whose owner recently joined the Navy and signed her over to my barn.

    This horse is AWESOME. I didn't really think I'd ever get to ride her because she's borderline insane, but I'm having so much fun on her!

    She's SUPER hot/high strung, which was a complete 180 from the horses I've been riding the past few years. Our first lesson was...interesting. We walked sideways over the first jump and then galloped/leaped over the rest

    It's weird to feel so much raw power underneath me, but it's a feeling I'm growing to love.

    I rode her on Monday and things finally CLICKED. I've been working on taking my aids down from like a 7 to a 3 (she definitely doesn't need the pushing haha) and really softening my hands up, and it worked!

    We also worked a lot on staying relaxed and trotting into jumps and such.

    Well, we were doing a simple course and so my trainer raised the jumps to 3', and then 3'6"! I was freaking out a bit because I haven't ridden a horse who can do 3'6" in a looong time so to have them thrown up to that height was a bit disconcerting.

    I completely buried us to the first 3'6" jump (rode the line aiming for a 5, she wanted 6, and we managed to get 7?) but she cleared it (WOW, is she athletic!) and totally saved me. Of course, I lost a stirrup and then proceeded to jump the next jump without stirrups (kicked off my other one to stay balanced since I couldn't get it back) but hey - that's just proof that all of my time getting in shape and hacking horses has paid off!

    :p I've seen this horse do 4'6" before without a problem and while I highly doubt I'll take her to that height, it's pretty exciting to be on a horse with that kind of ability, especially since I've been riding schoolmasters who max out at 2'6"/3' for a long time.

    She's only like 16hh but takes up my leg surprisingly well. Everyone who has watched us seems to like us together :)

    Goodness, how I wish I had the funds to lease her this summer.

    Anyways, this is Aria after Monday's ride.


    And some older pictures from her former owner:




    I'm hoping to convince my mom to come out and watch me ride soon, so there will be videos in the near future. I can't ride at all for the next week or two though, since I got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday morning.

    But.
    Yeah.
    This horse is amazing, and I'm becoming REALLY excited about riding again.

    Also, all of my work rebuilding my confidence in my eye paid off because aside from the cursed line, I managed to get workable distances to all the jumps! Even the 3'6" ones that were intimidating me to no end!
    :)
         
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        04-04-2012, 12:10 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Isn't it nice when things just work! I've done 3'6" too but not for a while and only ever over a vertical. But give me a better jumping saddle, and a friend who'll jump the heights, and I'll end up doing 4' :P always braver when there's someone there to one-up. The friend I have who jumps big is much the same...ahh the stupid things we'll do trying to one-up each other!!
         
        04-04-2012, 01:11 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Haha I jumped a big 3'6" oxar that was absolutely terrifying to me...luckily, the line was set up so 5 strides fit Aria perfectly and I just had to focus on keeping her straight.

    In my normal lesson I ride with two girls who do push me to ride harder, lol. One jumps her horse up to 4' (depending on the day) and the other just got a new jumper mare a few weeks ago, but they've already done 3'6" on more than on occasion. I know what you mean there!

    Also, both of their mares are high strung Thoroughbreds as well and both have ridden Aria in the past, so they've been super helpful with hints on how to handle her :p
         
        04-04-2012, 07:11 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    That sounds awesome! Can you tell me a little bit more about Aria's personality if you can? Sorry but I just love hearing about things like that haha. Don't feel bad about "just" jumping a certain height or being nervous because I only jump teeny cross-rails that I'm sure are barely half a foot right now . Don't you just LOVE when you click with a horse and things go well?

    She kind of reminds me of a horse I used to ride all the time (the one in my avatar). She was another Thoroughbred and though she wasn't as hot as Aria sounds to be she was definitely very energetic compared to the majority of lesson horses I have ridden! I loved her and her fiestyness .

    Aria is very pretty. I hope you can continue to ride her!
         
        04-05-2012, 08:12 AM
      #5
    Trained
    Lol nobody pushes me, it's just my own personal drive to jump that 2 inches higher than whoever I'm riding with... if I move things up a hole at a time I can get a lot higher when I'm jumping with someone, sort of playing puissance in a way. I look at the fences and freak out, but I'll push myself through the fear.

    I can just see me and C doing some stupid things on our horses trying to go one better than each other :P
         
        04-05-2012, 04:56 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cinder    
    That sounds awesome! Can you tell me a little bit more about Aria's personality if you can? Sorry but I just love hearing about things like that haha. Don't feel bad about "just" jumping a certain height or being nervous because I only jump teeny cross-rails that I'm sure are barely half a foot right now . Don't you just LOVE when you click with a horse and things go well?

    She kind of reminds me of a horse I used to ride all the time (the one in my avatar). She was another Thoroughbred and though she wasn't as hot as Aria sounds to be she was definitely very energetic compared to the majority of lesson horses I have ridden! I loved her and her fiestyness .

    Aria is very pretty. I hope you can continue to ride her!
    Aria's personality? She's awesome! She's quite stubborn and strong-willed...if she feels like I'm holding her back too much, she will either hop straight up in the air or stall out and go sideways :p Definitely going to be a partnership with this horse rather than outright controlling her

    She's super brave, though. I've never ever seen her stop...I once watched her jump a 3'6" vertical from like a 45* angle and clear it. She's also super willing, as long as she feels that give and take with you. She added for me when we probably shouldn't have, and she also leaped for it when I asked.

    I think she's got one of the strongest personalities in a horse that I've come across in a while (aside from Fry, who I swear is the grumpiest old man I've ever met) but I like it a lot.

         

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