Join Date: May 2013
Location: Northeast Florida
Alright, sounds good. I think the only time she was getting a tad rushy in the video was when all jumps were down except for the last- not so much due to rushing, but the ground poles were set distance-wise for jumps to be up, so she had to stretch more to make it work. There was no rushing at all when 2-3 jumps were up. (: Would it help the critique if I put all the videos together with no music? (I did that more for fun, the critique was an after thought).
But I agree, Jaydee, and that's what I worked on yesterday. Last jumping trainer was a Romanian guy who just kinda had me jump a bunch of obstacles larger than I was ready for, so I'm still working on making my position better after that. It led to me having issues with clenching over jumps. As well, I'll keep the jump cups down when there is nothing in them- Mom was taking video, and I was having to hop off to adjust jumps and then get back on, so that was done for convenience.. But I understand where you're coming from.
She's a great little jumper, when we did our first jump classes at the last show both of us had a blast and she did really well. By the second class, a speed round, we were both really into it! She's very handy with her smaller size and is balanced enough to make tight turns without flailing, which led to us being able to both take our time and still have a good overall time on the course. (3rd and then 2nd out of 7-8 riders) Not spooky at all about anything either.
Here's a picture of her at the jumping show(I'm an awful mess)- she surprised the heck out of me over this jump, I seriously didn't expect her to give the oxer that much room below! She's ridiculously powerful sometimes, I was free jumping her in the yard a year or two ago and she was not only clearing the oxer I had set up but her belly was getting really close to clearing our 4 foot fence.