Proud of Geoffery and Myself!!!!!!!!!
Well this weekend I was with part of my team and my trainer this weekend at Holly Hill Stables schooling Cross Country while some of the others rode in a clinic. It was a Jim Grant clinic and I got to listen in on the lectures for Stadium and Cross Country, and watched two groups of Stadium lessons. I learned SOOOOOOOO much! 3 of our riders rode in the clinic and four of us schooled with my trainer. The first day we rode over a vertical plank jump, did the banks, jumping a log, then up the bank. Then a log, up the ramp and down the bank. Then we did a post and rail to a coop just as an exercise. Then we schooled the novice water complex: a log, through the water to a post and rail. We then did the ditch.
The second day, we did the upright planks, a different bank jump, and then a mound with a log on top. We did the ditch again. I had a few problems and mishaps, but nothing huge and I now feel SOOOOO confident! But I got so much more out of this trip than just riding. Last night all my team mates and I played Hall Tag in the hotel, went on a quest to find a Dairy Queen and failed, danced at a Sonic, went on a bareback hack around the XC feild and just had so much fun! I am now REALLY sore but feel amazing! I can't wait to go to a show down there!
Here is a video!
Is it just me or did he put his head down and try to buck after the first jump?
He did, I was too far forward and didn't sit up after the jump, so he was saying HEY! MOM! PAY ATTENTION! He did it after our first few ditches too because I did the same thing. :P So it was all my fault!
Stormy, I'm afraid you're not going to like what I have to say. Please realize I'm not saying it to be mean. Please realize I'm saying it out of concern.
1) The movement in the back legs of that horse look very off. There looks like there's something wrong with those legs.
2) Your horse is refusing you. He's in control, you're not.
3) You're not sitting well on your horse. You're form is not good. Feet should be forward when going down hill.
4) You're asking your horse to jump too early.
5) I could not watch the entire video because it made me scared for you. I'm truly concerned that you're going to be badly hurt.
I don't think you're ready to be doing anything more than flat work on this horse. I think he might be better served if you do ground work right now. On the other hand, I really like the seat on the girl riding the pinto pony.
Looks like fun!
Joshie- idid not know that you ask your horse to jump, or give him a cue, i just let the horse jump whenever, he knows when its the right time
It's a little mean but I laugh a little whenever I see that girl at 4:06 go down the ditch.
Go to a barn where they work on primarily Hunter/Jumpers and you will find lesson horses who are push button. For the Green Riders - such as yourself - can learn and grow on.
I really, really, really cannot stop emphasising that you Morgan, really need to take lessons. For your horses sake.
Your horse is NO WHERE near at an educated nor experienced level where a green rider should be jumping him.
This goes to any green rider - - - - - Because this horse has no clue what it is doing. And when a horse who has no clue what it is doing or should be doing or how to be doing it - has a Green rider who knows just as little as the horse, one of the two, if not both - are going to end up hurt.
Not because of smashing through a fence, I really couldn't care if a rider gets tossed head over heels - but my heart goes out to the horse.
Morgan, I hate seeing in vids on how you think you have the right to discipline your poor horse by hauling on his face like that...and I know MANY uneducated riders do the same - and it makes me cringe and it makes my heart sink. I hate seeing a horse being punnished for rider ignorance. I hate riders who blame the horse for their behaviour - when the horse is only running away from their rider. I hate it, hate it, hate it - and if I ever see it in person - I'd be a force to recon with.
I hate to see what you do to that horse behind closed doors...if you are quick to haul on his face with no remorse, I hate to know what you do to him physically because the results are not what you want....
Back to all riders - If you do not know how to ask the question correctly, you are not going to get the right answer from your horse. Your horse only knows as much as you do!
And I would be devistated to hear that you got rid of him because "he knows nothing" when in all reality - it is you. That goes to all riders.
9x out of 10 - the horse is the one who ends up punnished in the long run because they are ridden, owned and handled by ignoramuses who have lack of education - who.
I dispise riders who blame their horses.
Ok - rant over...stepping off my soap box and going to work....
On another note - that girl on that little Paint Pony - CAN RIDE!!! GO GIRL! She sure does represent this sport well.
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