This is Tia's first time jumping under saddle. She does pretty good, showing only a little attitude (compared to some other times) and she def wants to go faster than she was allowed. !!This is not me riding!! I have someone starting her over fences while I finish up the last 9 weeks of my pregnancy. More videos to come for those who might want to track her progress. Hoping to take her to a local schooling show in late September, so I wanted to get her started sooner than I could do so.
Not bad at all for a first time jumping under saddle. You might want to tell your rider to give her a better release over the jump. The times she humped up and shook her head with "attitude" were right after she got popped in the mouth by the bit. She has a good enough seat that she doesn't need her hands to balance herself, and she just might sour the mare to jumping if she can't give her the release she needs while learning. Otherwise, it's a nice start.
Very cute and willing horse! I agree with what others have said about the release as the rider really needs to be forgiving with a horse that is green over fences, also try setting a ground line to help a horse this green :)
It helps to set a ground line for the horse to know where to take off. I also noticed that the rider was not giving much for a release and catching the horse in the mouth once in a while. This can cause a sour horse that refuses or runs out in the long run because they start to associate jumping with pain. Your mare looks very willing and like she has a great attitude, with the right rider and lots of practice she will make a great jumper.
Thanks guys. I do agree with the rider catching Tia in the mouth. And I have witnessed first hand that horses do start to dislike jumping if a rider keeps it up. I will inform the girl to give a larger release. People laugh at me whenever I start a horse over fences cause I give the biggest release, where there is so much slack in the reins. But I never bump a horse in the mouth (unless I get left behind, but it happens to the best of us sometimes) I'm in no way a perfect or even good looking rider, but I get by because I am affective. Its killing me not be starting my own horses over fences, but only 9 more weeks til the baby is born. Until the baby is born, someone else has to do my job (grrr) and if the girl doesn't start to give a sufficient release then I will find someone else. Tia does really well over jumps while free, she loves it and shows willingness and bravery. I would hate if it was ruined under saddle for her.
Here is Tia's second time jumping under saddle. The rider did better and so did Tia. The arena we are working in is really small and I am looking for places to haul Tia to for more training in a larger arena. Tia has her own ideas about which lead she wants to be on and switches often to the wrong lead. So we are working on that as well as not rushing.
Great job, huge difference with the ground lines. Just an idea if she lands on the left lead turn her left and same if she lands on the right lead turn her right. This wi help with balance in the turns and make it her idea. And it shows them right and wrong leads so essentially you will not have a wrong lead