I had my last lesson before the horse show this weekend last night. Naturally we wanted to jump around a bit and see what nit picky items we could get fixed up. Main objective is to deal with the possible stops or spook over jumps with more fill. Once she goes over it once, we are usually good to go. I just have to get that one round completed with minimal crazies and I should be set.
Game Plan: Ride O like she’s a big time jumper.
Basically I need to keep her head up, lots of leg forward and keep her firmly in the middle all the way to the base. Usually when she ‘quits’ at a jump it’s really just magnified hesitation. I have to be there to support her! Also, since she practically noses the jump before hopping over it, I need to be more proactive about really keeping her off her forehand approaching the jump.
Evidence that she practically touches the jump before hopping over.
Good news is that pony jumped around pretty content, and with my “new” defensive and forward ride me made it over everything the first time.
Like I said. That’s the hope. We’ll see what actually happens.