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AnimalFarm2006 05-02-2011 09:23 PM

Free Jumping Criq
Hey again,

Heres the second video that I promised of tater free jumping with a lead line.

Are my instincts correct about tater being a natural jumper? He clears up to his chest now and still has room to spare. I noticed he tucks his front legs in nice and tight. Shoot he did the two jumps lines up without faulting a step after I adjusted the steps. He ran, jumped, step, jump, land.

Maybe i'm just being over proud of my little boy!!

Also: It's safe to jump him with his weight right? He's on a diet but could the landing hurt him? Should I stick to low jumps until his weight goes down?

AnimalFarm2006 05-03-2011 03:09 PM

Hmm. Is the video bad at conformation shots? I can get a video souly of his jumping.

TBtrailrider 05-04-2011 02:22 AM

With my horses, if I'm going to show them in jumping I use a lot of ground poles so that my horses get their distances correctly. It's more about his timing here, I see that he doesn't give himself enough room to go over them all gracefully. He does have a nice little jump when he gets his distances correct. He doesn't drop his front feet until he's got his back feet in the air. He tucks his back hooves nicely over the poles so he doesn't clip them which is also good.
I would have to say that if you're doing the jumping for a hobby to around the farm, don't make it a daily habit, he is quite overweight which will cause additional unnecessary pressure on his joints and if he's not on any kind of supplements to rebuild them then it can cause some permanent damage even total lameness.
I don't know what you plan to use him for but he's quite the plucky little pony and very adorable which makes him a little eye catcher in the show ring, and if you intend to show him than work a lot with flat poles which he can get the jest of jumping with.
Have fun, be safe :)

AlexS 05-04-2011 02:29 AM

I don't see anything impressive, I imagine those jumps are less than 1 foot, but I see a really fat mini who is not doing much.

Maybe I missed your previous post and this is a big improvement. But right now I am not seeing anything impressive.

equiniphile 05-04-2011 05:24 PM

He's cute. As far as "natural talent," horses are born being able to jump. You don't teach a horse to jump; you show him how to jump more effectively. I'll bet that 95% of miniatures can jump that high, so to really judge if he has potential, you'll want to raise the bar a little.

lifeisinhorses 05-06-2011 11:01 PM

previous posts have pretty much summed up my thoughts EXCEPT be careful with your lead make sure you have it in your hands and not on the ground

JustDressageIt 05-06-2011 11:28 PM

First off, your mini is very cute, and I think it's great that you're concerned with his health. I would definitely stick to smaller jumps (like in the video) until he has shaped up a bit - after that, you can go as high as he can go. I think it's great that you're wanting to get him into shape - ponies are notoriously hard to keep weight off of.
Anyways. The jumps are fairly small, and it is hard to tell much because 1) he's overweight and that will definitely affect his jumping skill and 2) they're small and he doesn't have to work very hard over them. What I do see, though, are tight knees and a willing pony. Would love to see a video in the future of a slimmer poneh with bigger jumps :)

AnimalFarm2006 05-07-2011 11:44 PM

Thank you!!!! I recently took him off feed so now he is on hay, mineral block access, field and water!

And maybe no talent but he's my first ever pony trained from a bad behavior. He use to be hard to lead, rear kick, bite, etc. see him come from being a ass-hole to surging forward over a jump makes me just kind of smile.

I'll also work at ground poles to get his timing right on jumping. Ground driving him is a bust so far. But he trotted on the lunge line for me!!

oh and I did jumping as a exercise thats fun for us both. He seems to enjoy jumping. Right now I am hoping to get him to drive, and ride ( for little kids .)

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