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    07-28-2009, 02:43 AM
What do you think? Critique please!

I'd like to introduce 4 year old Justus, she's a 14.2hh Appy/Mustang X Welsh Pony, just starting into jumping. I've taken her over some crossrails and freejumped her a couple times now and she seems enthusiastic and eager to perform!

I'd love some feedback as to how others on here have started their young/green horses into jumping and how you think my girl's doing! I actually gifted her to a 14 year old girl that had been coming out to ride for about 2 years, for her birthday, and she's got dreams of low level shows in the next year or two. I've raised Justus since she hit the ground and would LOVE to see her placing in shows, but need some starter advise! Thanks to anyone that's willing to share some experiences and tips!

Now a couple pics! First from yesterday freejumping 2'-2'6 (ish)

Short video from yesterday as well:

And about a month or so ago over a couple small crossrails...

She's kinda lazy over the crossrails and likes to just trot over! LOL

Some flatwork...we're working on rounding and softening. Any advise on this would be more than appreciated as well!

All pics and video with a rider is me, feel free to critique as I know I've got alot of room for improvement! LOL! The lunging video is with MacabreMikolaj. I'm not going to post pis of her new owner on her until I ask if it's ok with her though. But thanks in advance for replies!
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    07-28-2009, 02:51 AM
No critique for me, but she is GORGEOUS. LOVE that color! Good luck with her!
    07-28-2009, 03:03 AM
^^ Same. She is just stunning and good for you giving her to a girl that will really enjoy her.
    07-28-2009, 08:53 AM
You're doing a really really great job with that horse.
    07-28-2009, 11:53 AM
She has a nice from when free jumping
    07-28-2009, 12:05 PM
Cute knees, nice use of the body and neck. I think she's got lots of potential, maybe a hunter pony?

To start, lots of grpund poles, then cross poles, then small verticles, then build it up. WAit untill she is comftorable and working well over one before moving to the next. Tiny "courses" make things easier, like cavaletti, cavaletti, small cross pole. If she tries to trot the cross pole, just ask her to pick up her canter on the other side
    07-28-2009, 01:22 PM
Thanks! I gave her to this girl for two reasons...1. I'm too tall for Justus, and 2. This girl is head over heels for horses but couldn't afford the purchase AND upkeep. She's always got Justus' well being ahead of what she'd like from her, so if Justus isn't ready for 2 years, she won't push it! I love this kid!

And we have been taking her over ground pole, can only find one pic right now though? Wierd...I know I have more!

That one's just walking, I know I have trot poles around somewhere...I'll find them later! But thanks! So you think I should do lunge poles and just add a crossrail after them? Justus seems to think anything under a 1' vertical should be trotted over! I don't have caveletti though...I've got farm supplies like fence posts LOL! So far they've worked as trot poles and jumps, and I always put them up in a way that if she does hit them, they come down easily.

Any other pointers? Thanks again!
    07-28-2009, 01:28 PM
If he just trots over them, immediately ask for the canter right after. The idea is that he will eventually get what you want and learn to jump them. If he ever does short/long stirrup he will need to canter cross poles

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