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Sphi 07-13-2010 11:40 PM

Funny video from my lesson: "The Bounce of Death"!
Well today was the first bounce I've done in years, first ever with this horse. Okay so I know we never really got the bounce because he kept squeezing in the extra stride. But it was SUPPOSED to be a bounce! Includes many refusals and bad eq, LOL!

I pretty much know what I did wrong and stuff, I have a very helpful instructor, but if you want to give me advice that's cool too lol. Enjoy my fails and wins at The Bounce of Death!

equiniphile 07-13-2010 11:48 PM

Lol. Practice makes perfect, right? As far as him refusing, you're doing the right thing by circling him around and making him try again, but I'd like to add that you should use more leg pressure to drive him towards where he needs to be ;-)

haleylvsshammy 07-14-2010 03:23 PM

That was entertaining! lol I LOVE your arena! It looks soooo cool!

Sphi 07-14-2010 03:41 PM

Hahaha it's cool cause the sides open up but it's kinda cramped with a lot of horses in there. xD

smrobs 07-14-2010 05:52 PM

Haha, looks like you had fun. I wonder if maybe the jumps should be a little closer together since his stride is so short. It looks to me like they are way too far apart for him to comfortably bounce and that is why he is sticking in that extra stride.

flamingauburnmustang 07-14-2010 06:37 PM

LOL. That was amusing. But you did good on eventually getting him over them. Some wicked refusals though.... :grin:

apachiedragon 07-14-2010 06:45 PM

smrobs, I was thinking the same thing. it looked like for him to do it as a bounce, he would have had to launch the second one. Were there others jumping it on bigger horses maybe? Good job staying on, a couple of those run outs were pretty sneaky.

MIEventer 07-14-2010 10:26 PM

Gotta love Bounces eh!

First, I just want to say - good for you for staying persistant and continueing to try, try and try again. I LOVE THE MUSIC! What a great idea to add that in, made it very amusing! I love your sense of humor about it - what I want to ask, before you read is - is what did you learn from this?


You have to realize that horses jump blindly. They cannot see the fence when they are about 2 strides away from it. When they are approaching the fence from a distance, they see it in 2's. Then when they get about 5 strides away, it merges into 1, and then as already stated - when they are about 2, it completely dissapears from their line of vision, so *not all* horses will rely on their riders body position, solidity to get them over the fence.

So on your 1st approach, you weren't solid. You allowed holes to seep into your "Tunnel" on approach, which gave your adorable fellow the opportunity to seep out.

When you approach Bounces, combinations and skinnies - you have to imagine that you are riding your horse into a tunnel. So that means you have to drive through your seat and leg, keep your horse between your legs, keep your horse infront of you, and mean it through your body.

Drive. Don't allow any openings to occur. So your horse started to drift to your left, and you used your right aids, abandoning your left and not closing the opened door. So, your horse said "okee dokee" and took it. Repeatedly.

When you actually got through, he was already taking the open door to his left before he took the first fence, when he landed, he went out - and again, you used your right aids, instead of your left to close the opened door.

Great job for getting it done, but remember - 99% of errors that occur, is rider. Which is ok, heck I flub up so many times, but if we don't error, we don't learn.

I would love to know what you learnt from your lesson in the "bounce of death". Great job for staying on, and staying persistant.

Sphi 07-14-2010 11:16 PM

Thanks for all the advice everyone! Yeah, it was more set up for the bigger horses in my lesson. Funny- they all wanted me to go first cause they thought Dakota would be perfect. And it turned out he was the only one who had trouble! Probably due to rider error though as they are all more advanced riders.

I'd say I learned that I need to ride more confidently toward the fence. It was pretty much leg on leg off going up to it. If I feel him ducking out I can sometimes prevent it but sometimes it's like he's going strong and then suddenly changes hi mind and I have no time to react! Like in the 2nd refusal.

I think something I did well was astay positi e and give hi
lots of praise, most of which isn't in the video. My boy needs lots of support when we do new things because he tries really hard for me and saves me all the time when I screw up!
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Sphi 07-14-2010 11:18 PM

sorry for the typos; it's late at night and I'm typing this on a tiny iPod screen :P
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