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    12-07-2010, 05:03 PM
It's amazing what one lesson can do...

Some of you may remember my...erm...problems with Scooter. Namely, I dropped him at the base of jumps and he'd run out/stop. That made me nervous/tense so then I'd do it again, and he'd stop again...usually ending with a jump destroyed and me faceplanting in the dirt.


A few weeks ago we had a lesson where we worked solely over a gymnastic line. There were 4-5 jumps set a stride apart. We started out with little cross rails...took us 4 tries to get over the first jump. I'd worry about what he was going to do, feel him backing off, and drop my hands and body. Finally, I got him over [imagining I'm riding Leo usually works, lol] and after that, things only got better. We worked our way up to setting the jumps at 2'6", which is a major accomplishment because that's the height I've always fallen at, and it was a bit of a mental block.

This week, it really clicked. It was quite amazing! The concept of actively looking for a distance and riding for that distance finally made sense and I started doing it and...I found that when I stayed strong and pushed Scooter with my seat and legs [while not dropping my hands or eyes]...he went over. Every time. Even when the jumps were 2'6". Even when they were big square oxers with barrels under. Even when they were jumps out of a really tight corner. Even when we chipped. I finally figured out HOW to ride Scooter! And I managed to do it 4 times!

My trainer also had me get on a young standardbred after my lesson...he's only doing walk trot right now [still likes to pace] and WOW was that a lesson on my body language! He definitely told me when I was leaning, dropping my hands, or not keeping my leg on. And oh my, is he the epitome of using your seat/legs to turn! was interesting.

Anyways...just wanted to share my excitement! Also, my trainer is letting me work off rides this winter so I probably won't be jumping much but I'll be riding!

And just cause...Scooter and I at the beginning of the summer. Most jumps are 2'6", a few that he refused were originally 3' haha. I ride him to the very first jump the way I need to...then poop out.

...ignore my hands. He was being a snot and trying to run away [he tends to do that] and I apparently forgot how to react, lol.
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    12-07-2010, 08:07 PM
My horse used to do that to when he first learnt to jump , so I would always have my leg on tight and pull a little rein the opposite direction he runs out on. Also to I wouldnt go around the arena again I would turn a smaller circle and MAKE him go over it.
    12-07-2010, 09:38 PM
I guess I forgot to mention but that video's from early August...I don't have video of the miracle lesson so instead I decided to embarrass myself and show you guys the issues we had because I couldn't figure out how to keep riding to the jump lol.
    12-09-2010, 04:24 AM
Good job! Glad that you finally figured it out and got to the 2' 6";)
Sometimes it really helps to ride the more sensative horses so you can learn about your posture and your reactions to different situations. Well done again :)
    12-12-2010, 09:44 AM
Maybe its just cause I usually see my jumps from on a horse, but those look a lot bigger than 2' 6"... I think they may be 2' 9 or 10". Good for you!
    12-12-2010, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by Tymer    
Maybe its just cause I usually see my jumps from on a horse, but those look a lot bigger than 2' 6"... I think they may be 2' 9 or 10". Good for you!
Some of them are 2'6", and some are 3'. There's one that's probably in the middle cause it's kind of an "x" shape. All the jumps that were 3' got put down to 2'6" once we had all the refusals, haha.

Thanks, guys! I have video from Friday of us jumping 2'6" more or less successfully, look! [I made the mistake of tipping at the grey boards, which is why he refused.]

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