Spinoff of GM thread: Your horse's good jumping form vs. bad form
*This is meant to be a fun thread on a lazy Sunday afternoon, so please no critiques. I just want to see some silliness other than my own *
I love reading GM's jumping clinic, and it's really helped educate my eye as far as rider form and horse jumping form. So let's see your best jumping photos, possibly ones that you would send in.....and your worst, that you never ever ever would!
Here is an awesome series from Stuart HT showing the wheels turning, gears grinding, everything but the smoke coming out his ears after we came over the crest of the hill to the third fence to see not only our jump #3 but jump #3 for BN, training, prelim, intermediate, etc within view, plus jump judges moving their chairs, etc.... I was saying "no THIS one!!!" as his head swiveled around like an outtake from "The Exorcist" as he pondered the options, and only realized which one we were REALLY going to jump right about the time we were on top of it.....
In my poor helper kid's credit, there's a lot wrong with the second picture, starting with the steeper-than-normal-(for the pony) crossrail with the ground line that had accidentally rolled to the wrong side, and I'm sure other things we hadn't thought of on that particular day. The less-than-stellar distance was the just the icing on the cake that caused my pony to try to sign "HELP!" with his front legs....
Supershorty.....always love the sequence of you and Nikki. It's amazing we survive some of the things we do with (er...to?) our horses!
Horse I'm riding (and almost bought at 2 as a hunter :teehee
One of our better jumps. Worst and this is, unfortunately, fairly normal over small jumps. Even without the rider error in that picture, he tends to split horribly...but does get a bit better over something a little larger.
Keith: "Now...let's do something normal fathers and daughters do."
Veronica: "Buy me a pony?"
Lol RugBug! The two pictures that tie for worst with the bay are hilarious! I can't decide whether the expression on your face is better than or equal to the whole series of a fall (I'm laughing *with* you, not *at* you, for the record!).
My "not so great" moment on Charley ended about how you can expect from the photo. A loud, crashing, pick-up-stick moment of poles going every which way. To his credit, he rallied from his spooky moment and remembered that he was supposed to jump and continued forward through the standards. This was the first fence on course, so we circled to recompose ourselves and then continued through the rest of the course nicely. We got to do the same course again in the next class and this is him over the same fence the second time. My hand is so awkwardly placed because I was just reaching back to the reins after using my crop at the base, but not gonna lie....i was a little surprised by the effort he put into the jump the second time and I ate a little mane But I was very pleased with baby horse for willingly jumping the fence that "ate him" the first time around!