Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Free jumping

I didn't have a ton of time last night after trimming for a proper ride so we tried something new.




I was half expecting a bit more fumbling and figuring out on Quest's part but she looked like a natural for her first time. Her movement was fluid, efficient; she was not afraid and moved boldly with ears perked. We approached it at both a trot and canter. She kept a good pace before and after. It was really good for me to learn how to keep myself a little behind her drive line to move her forward while at the same time keeping just enough pressure on to keep her out to the jump. After about 17 minutes of trotting, cantering, and direction changes, she was huffing and puffing away so we winded down and finished the night with some handwalking (while reviewing some groundwork) to cool down and catch her breath., which she did 6 minutes later.

All in all, I'm thrilled with how she did and more importantly she looked like she enjoyed it. There was no ear pinning, tail swishing, or anything adverse that would suggest otherwise. I think doing some jumping with her is a very real possibility.

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  1. oh fun! glad she liked it :) i've heard free jumping really helps educate them about balancing w/o having to deal w rider mistakes

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    1. I'm glad too, I was mostly curious to see her attitude and how she moved over them!

      When we started, Quest did shuffle her feet a bit and bumped the pole once or twice but quickly caught on and sailed over clean after that- so I'd agree with what you've heard about it helping them learn balance (:

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  2. It's always good to do new things :) Quest looks like she was having fun.

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    1. She probably found it a welcome change from our normal lunging routine! She gets bored in the arena easily (like me) so changing it up keeps both of us from going crazy haha

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  3. That's fantastic! Looks like she is just a great horse all around.

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    1. She really is, she was certainly well trained at one point in time too. Inconsistent handling from different owners over the years taught her to take charge of where she puts her feet sometimes, so that's what we've been working on. She's honest and very smart though so we'll get there soon!

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