As Promised: Jumping Pics

Here’s the Jumping Bean last week.

Yes, in the dressage saddle and with the leathers still too long.

Cross rail 1

Cross rails were OK, so I set up this one for her.  Thought we almost had it going here.

Setting up

not right

Obviously not, since jumping with just one front leg really isn’t enough.

Love it how she looks all content just scrambling through it with everything else flying.


Painfully low style points on me here.  Can you SEE how absolutely sweet she is for doing this for me with all that going on, so green and with really no experience at all at jumping?

very low style points

I’m only really interested in dressage, probably best for her too, but she gets a star and an A+ for effort.

Crossrail 2

Thank you to my friend Helena for spending the morning at the farm with me!

After jumping


14 thoughts on “As Promised: Jumping Pics

  1. If you ride hunter, the style points would matter on the second fence in addition to the default. Otherwise, a fantastic “session” for a green horse with her dressage specialist.

    Like your last photo very much – your smile and a very happy Miss Valiosa.


    1. Haha, yep, I’m sure we’d be asked to leave the ring in any type of hunter competition!
      We can’t even string together three jumps just yet, and then I’m constantly left behind on each take off…
      But, SO much fun for her.


  2. That last pic showed some promise!
    Did you see any of Ingrid Klimke’s clinics on youtube? She had all her riders do jumps afterward (or cavellettis), in their dressage saddles, without adjusting the stirrups. I liked how easily it could be used for both a fun break in routine and strength/flexibilty training.

    I can’t find the specific one I was thinking of, but this one is fun too:

    Once the snow breaks a bit I want to try jumping my pony too. Hopefully she’ll be as cool and unfazed as your girl.

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  3. There is a dressage class called Prix Caprilli which adds jumping to the dressage pattern. It’s done, of course, in a dressage saddle with the stirrups at dressage length. So there’s really nothing wrong about jumping this way. Back when I rode hunters my trainer occasionally had me practice jumping low jumps like the ones you have set up, but she did not let me get into two-point–I had to stay with my seat connected to the saddle, in an upright position, and allow–that word “allow” was most important–my body to follow the motion of the horse. It turned out to be surprisingly easy if you can just remember not to let your hips and knees stiffen.

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  4. I agree with all the comments about it being possible (as long as the jumps stay low) to jump in the dressage saddle with long stirrups. My only comment would be to think about keeping the hands forward and low over the “fence” so that you are not balancing with the reins. Use the seat/legs to do that instead. It’s a common temptation to us all. She seems interested and relaxed about it, so very well done! This is a super idea, and I think will help with her engagement and forwardness. With a little help from ground crew, you could get some canter bounces going later (start with one stride between coverlet and then no stride, such fun as you bounce your way through!).

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    1. For any bouncing, the jumps would definitely have to stay low. Or I might bounce off 🙂

      If she tries one day on the line first, I would attempt two jumps in a row, with a stride in between, the following week. Want to make absolutely sure she feels confident in everything I offer.
      Oh, and then it’s the whole thing about the ground crew… I’m pretty much it 🙂

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