Enthusiastic Jumper Goes Hunter-w/Video
Hello! I brought my mare off the track when she was 4 and started her in dressage (my old sport of choice). We both started our eventing career together last May when I started working as a student for two prestigious eventers in Culpepper, VA. We're going novice now and are always in the ribbons at recognized events (except for one, my fault) and I'm eager to move up another level after the start of the new season. But first, of course there are things to still be improved on before we take the leap.
The big thing is that she (as you can see) loves the long spots. She gets very eager to jump and sometimes I feel the hesitation, like she's thinking "mom hasn't said jump yet, but...but...AHGO!" That's a no-no for bigger fences so we're working on being more consistent with take-off.
This was our most recent round and a big improvement rushing-wise. She's usually a powerhouse and drags me around (see approach to final fence xD), but I think she's learning some patience and is finally soft and attentive. This is a little 2'9" hunter course and I must say, she behaved the worse at this schooling show than I think ever before (it was a huge turnout and the ring was packed during warm up, which I think got her hyped and in-season). She was backing up, turning, dripping sweat etc. before going into the ring. Gotta love the looks people give you at a hunter barn when your horse misbehaves. :cool:
But, thankfully, she knows her job and gets to work when I ask. My goal at this show: SLOW SOFT STEADY SLOWER STEADY SOFT SLOWWW.
I would appreciate anyone who critiques me in this video- none of the jump trainers I've had has ever said much about my overall position, but I know there's something to be improved. My biggest concern when jumping is to always stay out of the way of the horse- do no hit her back, do not hit her mouth. I know the video isn't the best quality, but anything the pros can point out would be much appreciated! :yes: Oh, and sorry for the long post. I admit I tend to have a lot of wind. :o