And a flamenco dress.
|I love this photo (thank you Amanda Stright!)|
However, that was making me hesitate. So this Thursday I texted Shanea and asked "so what do you think about introducing Carmen to some jumping tomorrow? Break things up a bit". She texted back 'that would be fun!'
And just like that I was committed.
|Carmen: say what now?|
|the wee little X started as just two poles played down|
I was to pick up a canter and do each line while Shanea adjusted to make sure that the striding was right. At first she was all distracted by the leaves and trees outside the ring which resulted in her tripping over the poles.
This is part of her problem: she focuses on everything and takes no responsibility for her feet. Which leads to her tripping and then getting pissed off about it. The exercise though was simple: canter a line, circle to regroup, do the next line. Repeat.
We did a lot of cantering this lesson. Probably more than I have ever done at one time. But it worked, Carmen began to settle into a rhythm and the work. She was definitely enjoying the forward. And she began to pay attention to the poles and forgot about all the scary things.
Now before I show videos and photos, Carmen (as far as I know) has never jumped and I haven't jumped in over a decade. So let us all agree that my posture riding a horse green to jumping and in a dressage saddle will be horrible. I tried to stay out of her way and give her the right amount of support.
|is this an oxer? No, it is not.|
It felt like at the end of each line she would surge forward and resist half-halts. It took a lot for me to get back in the saddle and bring her back. Notice Guinness in the video. I swear that he thinks he's the assistant trainer.
The clouds became heavier and I was getting tired. Shanea finally set up a small X (about 12") and we trotted up the line. Carmen saw the 'jump' hesitated and then jumped like a deer, which resulted in me hitting her in the mouth.
So Shanea dropped it to the wee teeny little X you see in the photos above. That allowed us to get back in the groove- because it was essentially a raised trot pole.
The whole lesson was so much fun and I can see how incorporating this can help us to finesse some things.
This is the last line we did. It was the best one so we ended it there.
I was so happy with how we did. It seemed to me that she really enjoyed it. It definitely was good for our confidence and trust in one another.
I doubt we'll ever be seen in the hunter ring but this will definitely be part of our routine. Maybe at some point I'll even raise it to 8 inches!!!
|baby jumps for babies|
You both did a good job with the poles and jumps. Jumping is so much fun, it was always my favorite part of riding. I haven't jumped in ages and don't plan to in the future. I think it's really good for their heads to try different things all the time. Have fun!ReplyDelete
Thank you. It was a lot of fun.Delete
Nice! You're a lovely rider.ReplyDelete
You are very sweet to say that. ❤️Delete
She looks so into it! Her pricked ears are so cute. I hope you do this more.ReplyDelete
She seemed to enjoy it.Delete
She is super focused. What’s. Great way to give her something other than the trolls outside the arena to focus onReplyDelete
Thanks. It definitely shifted her focus.Delete
I love versatility training. Next up, barrel racing?ReplyDelete
These jumps are set up to my perfect height. Looking great!
LOL, maybe a potato race!Delete
Yessssss I love this haha!! You already know the value of cross training but honestly so much of it is bc of how fun it is to switch it up. Plus for a horse like Charlie who can be a bit frozen thru his body, learning to adjust and change his balance over obstacles at fixed distances (like poles and jumps) really helped him understand what it meant to lift his back and push off from behind. Plus in some ways it removed me from the equation in a good way. No longer was I nagging him for these changes - the exercises themselves demanded the adjustments and Charlie could feel for himself whether he got it right or not. Very helpful for training a happy horse!! Glad you had so much fun ;)ReplyDelete
I'm hoping to try more of this. I agree that cross training is so much fun!Delete
How fun! You both look great and she looks like she's having so much fun! Love good cross training.ReplyDelete
She was really getting into it.Delete
She looks like she really enjoyed herself!ReplyDelete
I think she did. She was definitely forwardDelete
Yay! Great job both of you!ReplyDelete
Looks like you both had fun!
yes we did!Delete
I'm glad you enjoyed your new adventure! Avalon also gets distracted by trees and trips over poles. Probably doesn't help that it's fall.ReplyDelete
Fall is definitely not helping. Once all the rustling leaves are gone it will get better!Delete
Carmen looks like she is having so much fun!ReplyDelete
She is definitely enjoying it!Delete
Woohoo!! You guys look great - I love how many different things you do with Carmen!ReplyDelete
Aw thank you. I am inspired by bloggers like you who do so many things with their horses!Delete
I am not surprised! We know she loves doing different things and how good it is!ReplyDelete
Good work! I took jumping lessons with Cowboy a long while back and remember being surprised at starting with a pole on the ground. We had that pole on the ground for awhile, until I had my seat right. I took the lessons because he would often jump obstacles on the trail and catch me off guard. I wanted to be better prepared for those moments. It was great, practical training.ReplyDelete