|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.
Yayyyyy Courage! Jumping big jumps ain't no thang :)ReplyDelete
That's awesome! So happy for you two!!! <3ReplyDelete
He's coming along so nicely because he has a great team to help him along! So happy for you two!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad the lunging is working and that he's going so well. Super proud of you and him.ReplyDelete
That's a fair-sized oxer he's jumping on the lunge - and not a baby jump you're riding him over, either! Great to see such awesome progress.ReplyDelete
Woo hoo! =]ReplyDelete
That's great! He looks so athletic over the fences :) I'm glad your lesson went well.ReplyDelete
Wow, definitely got his mojo back. He looks great!ReplyDelete
Looking so grown up!ReplyDelete
Sometimes letting them sort things out on their own is the best way to proceed. Much quicker too. He is coming along so nicely. That's awesome!ReplyDelete
Um, hello butt muscles!ReplyDelete
Wow those lunge jumps are huge, can't imagine riding them. His form is looking way better, more horse, less deer ;)ReplyDelete
Way to go!! I am so happy the work in hand has paid off so handsomely. All he needed was some time to figure it all out for himself.ReplyDelete
Holy cow he looks amazing!ReplyDelete
He looks like such a rock star! Both on the lunge and with you riding!! Awesome!!ReplyDelete
Jumping on the line is such a good tool. Can't wait to free jump Houston again sometime.ReplyDelete
Whee fab fun for all & great experience for the little man to learn how all the parts fit together in the jumping processReplyDelete
He looks so awesome!!!!!! The longeing over jumps is really helping him out. :D I love it! You both look so great in that last photo!ReplyDelete
your horse jumps so cute!ReplyDelete