Wednesday, August 24, 2011

where I get really brave!

I just wanted to post a few quick photos from my ride last night before I leave for work.

I got brave.

Very brave.

As in, 2'11" brave.

I had tried cantering her in to a smaller jump and she got quite belligerent, so we ended up trotting most everything, including the 2'11" vertical. It was no problem for her at all!

Warming up

I set up this baby grid with two trot poles set at a canter stride apart, to a small
x-rail with a ground pole, and then one pole set another canter stride out. This
was our first attempt. You can't say she didn't try really hard :) She got better
each time we went through it, too.
Then we changed it to one pole one canter stride out, to a 2'6" vertical, to a
second pole a canter stride out after the jump. This exercise really made her
think about where she was putting her feet.

Then the jump went up to almost 3'....eek! I Won't
lie: the first time I went through it I totally grabbed
mane, but she felt so smooth.
She knocked the pole down a few times, but these
standards don't even have jump cups on them, just
little wooden "rests" for the pole, so the poles easily
get knocked down.

This was the last jump of the night. What a fantastic note to end it on!


  1. Ha! I think you definitely caught her by surprise with the landing rail the first time through! Too funny. The last few are great though! She has a very nice jumping style.

  2. That last picture is great. Totally good school!

  3. Love the photos - especially the last one!

  4. Looks great! Jumping is so fun! I can't wait until Scarface gets better at it.

  5. WOW!! What great pics!! You musta had a blast!! Good job - both of you!!

  6. I really like the second photo. It looks to me like she's a natural.

  7. Very cute, always better to grab mane than to grab face! lol..even the upper level riders wear neck straps for the exuberant jumpers :) Looks like Lucy has lots of scope.

  8. You guys look great! Yay for being brave.

  9. You grabbed mane on the first time? Lol, I don't remember the last time I jumped without grabbing mane.

    You guys look great! I love the second shot and the last one, plus the hilarious crossrail leap.

  10. Wow! You go, girls!
    Terry at Moondance

  11. I think Lu has found her job. She's a natural at it, and from the look on her face, she clearly loves jumping! Good on you for being brave.

  12. I want to start jumping again! So jealous! You both look great, like you were both loving every minute of it. :)

  13. Oh..miss jumping SO badly!!! You and Lu look great. I love the first photo where she's putting her legs out to the L and R and trying to figure it all out. The sequence shows her 'getting' it. She is lovely. Tons of talent in that one.


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