Sunday, February 27, 2011


Yesterday was indeed, a great day. Thanks to you guys who encouraged me :) Horses do make life juicy :P

We had fun jump schooling yesterday! H jumped with us, and Brandon was there to take pictures. Mucho gusto!

I've discovered the higher the fences, the better he jumps. Nice.


I realized a while back that me trying to rate Yankee before jumps was counterproductive. He would just flat refuse if he was forced to canter like a nice pony. He jumps swimmingly if he can have a more active, but still balanced canter toward the fences and I rate/rebalance him afterwards. He is a much happier ponyface and jumps better this way which makes me a happy rider. He always comes back to me and does so willingly after fences, so that's nice. I think we are finding our rhythm. I was always told NEVER EVER to let horses rush fences, but he is not. I think he is a bit fast, but he is still balanced. If he rushed, he would not jump as well as he does. We are both getting happier :) Bigger and better here we come!

HA, funny thing is, out on XC, I DO have to rate him before every fence and he obliges just fine. In the ring though, nope, refuse. Funny.

Video still tiiiiiiime!~

This was 3'9

And look who schooled with us!

H and Pronto! What a cute lil ole man. He is 22 and still feisty!

Tell me he is not the cutest lil spotted thing you have ever seen?!

Also, Pronto made an appearance. He is just learning to jump, since he is Mr. Dressage, but he loves it!!

In other news, I got 5 days off this week! WIN. More riding and more HW time. I think I also nailed my Spanish composition exam today. Niiice. It stormed like a mofo yesterday night. It went from 65 to 40 in like an hour and the storm really whipped through here. I went back to the barn to blanket the horses heavier since it was wicked cold. It got down to 20 by this morning. CRAZY effing weather. Sunny and 30 today.

Happy Monday.


  1. You guys look amazing. I want to ride like that.

    I didn't think Yankee looked too fast and he was definitely balanced.

    Enjoy the horrid weather.

  2. I am with SB I want to ride like that! You guys look great. I saw what you meant about appearing to rush to the fence but I think you are right on about how he works because you know him best. He just looks like he goes from pretty dressage pony to oooo looky looky big jumpy jump lets doooo it!!! He looks 100% comfortable and you look 100% in control, and DAMN you both look good over those big fences!

  3. AHHH you guys put a BIG smile on my face :D

  4. Sometimes he takes a long quick stride right before the jump, I'm wondering if it's so he can get his distance?

    I'm with you, I don't adjust anything 3-4 strides out. We don't always get our distances but I figure this is the only way he's going to learn. Jasper thinks the cue for jump is having his mane grabbed. :)

    Geez you have good eq.

  5. Awesome video! You can so tell he's having a blast!

    Same here as you and Albigears with not adjusting. Klein knows what she's doing, she's jumping, I'm not jumping the jump for her :)


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