|He is the best at air time over a tiny X|
Friday morning, Alyssa trekked out to take some pictures. I threw Courage on the lunge line and set a jump. We had a lesson coming up and I wanted him to work through the physical jumping process one more time before I tried to ride him.
When I'm lunging him over jumps, I usually use the jump blocks as the inside standard, so there's nothing for the line to catch on, but I still have tons of adjustability. The drawback is that they tip over easily and don't get very tall. Up til this point, that was ok, but I wanted to push Couage a little and see what happened.
|3' baby oxer|
It was his first time ever seeing jumps that big, much less jumping them. He's definitely got his mojo back, because my brave little man didn't even blink.
I set it up and widened it very gradually. We started with poles on the ground, then an X, then a vertical, then oxer.
|Much better than a tantrum|
I just reeled him in and made him pay attention while completely skipping the jump until he was ready to approach quietly again.
In the end, I had about a 3'3" face with almost a 4' spread.
He just jog-trotted in, rocked back, and BAM.
Technique-wise, I'm very attentive to the fact that this is hard physical and mental work for him, so I only have him jump each jump once or twice each direction before moving it up. I want jumping to be fun and interesting, not uncomfortable and scary.
|Not enormous, but big for us|
He was great. He understood how to use his body, and I understood how to let him.
Couldn't be happier with how he's coming along.