Here is a random mashup from July (thank you google). We played with jumping in a hackamore, and while not my favorite long term it certainly was useful. All that chilling out paid off and we had two very successful shows in October with jumps ranging from 2'6" to 3'3". Height really isn't the issue for him, straightness and power are. If I allow him to get crooked or under powered that is when most of our issues rear their ugly head. Our new good habits are getting to be just that, habits. Which, leads us into feeling like a team again. He knows what I'm doing, I know what he is doing, together we get stuff done.
The two stride is super tight and the first few times I was happy with, then we took a little break. The second set of jumps (when video is less blurry) the second time through he got long and instead of sitting up and woahing I just sat there wondering if he was going to do it one stride. Gah. He stuck in two (good boy) and then promptly told me after the jump to man up. The next couple times I had to earn his trust back and then we finished well. My favorite part of the ride was his honesty and willingness to work with me. Then yesterday I figured I should jump again since there was snow in the forecast (and yes it is currently snowing).
|Like a boss|
One more screen shot to leave you with.