The Tiniest Greenest Jumper Course
|When you jump your dressage horse and he turns out to kinda like it.|
It was a total success.
So we jump, and it is so fun.
As you can see, we have little to no clue what we are doing. I've said before that I don't feel comfortable jumping a horse before it's schooling first level, and I think this video shows why. Honestly, I'm not a strong jumping rider. I have a dressage rider's typical loose and long leg. My balance is so firmly rooted in the vertical. I struggle to stay with my horse's efforts over fences. It would be totally unfair to ask a horse with less training to leap around.
Bast knows enough now to understand that he is going to go where I point, whatever that ends up entailing. My job is to get him to the fences as balanced as possible, which I am capable of doing. Together we aren't going to be on a fast track to upper level eventing, but we are safe and having fun at low fences.
|Maybe someday I'll learn to ride in shorter stirrups again. Haha.|
I know my training methods aren't for everyone. Plus, about a million people could train a horse to jump with less mistakes and more style. But, I'm heartened to see this little horse I took off the track turning into such a solid citizen. It always feels good when a horse I trained makes me look like the weak link. He's turning into such a good pony, and it pleases me greatly! (See if you can spot the lead change that was the absolute highlight of my evening.)
Now we just need more experience, and I need to remember to close my hip angle and legs. Nbd, just two things that were very hard for me to get over in my dressage journey. Ha!