Sneak Visit To The Barn

Not entirely healthy yet.

But seriously, how long can you stay away anyway?  Valiosa looked great, I was happy just to see her, you know how that goes!  A little vacation for her hanging out with a friend instead of working, just fine in her book.

Sharing shots from my 11 and 13-year-old when I jumped her again under saddle.  No question about it, she does a lot better on her own, without me changing up the balance for her.  Still, she enjoys a play day!

She’s very honest, never rushes, and I let her decide entirely on her own where to take off.  Which, sometimes is, buried into the ground pole…

horse warming up in trot over cross rail

green horse jumping in dressage saddle

Warming up with a small cross rail in trot.  Then a bunny hop.  Leathers shortened 5 holes, still not enough!  (Dressage riders, we don’t know how to ride without legs.)  With the high cantle on the dressage saddle, it’ll still come up with a smack right at the end.

warm up canter before jumping

horse cantering with high neck

She didn’t care.  Cantering around with her neck straight out is what she likes.  Then I can sit there on top droning about how it builds all the wrong muscles – she’s having too much fun to bother!

We keep it short, a few jumps, not enough to really make a difference.  Seems harder for me to set up/take down than it is for her to do her part.  Since my left arm has decided not to work – my boys did these jumps for me! 

horse jumping off high at a low jump

jumping with dressage saddle

Two more loads of sand delivered in the arena just a couple of days ago!  Can’t wait to feel it out next time we get out there!

Opportunity to rip the jumping style – on the house today!

Hugs, Elinor

11 thoughts on “Sneak Visit To The Barn

  1. The long-legged dressage rider might try sitting the really tiny jumps instead of going into two-point. I used to do that with my Thoroughbred, who had a really thrusty jump. The key is to keep your body, especially your back and hips, totally relaxed and ALLOW them to follow the movement of the horse underneath you. My trainer would say, “allow, allow, allow” as we were going over the jump. It worked–I could really feel what the horse was doing under me and since it was a tiny jump there was a good following movement and no seat slaps…

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    1. Good point – and definitely something I’d like to try down the line. She’s still VERY green with the jumping, we only rarely do this, and she tends to jump quite upright, high, even over smaller things now… Funny, since she started out simply plowing straight through the 1ft ones at the start. Now, she has to fly huge over anything 😉
      We’ll have to work on installing a bit of elasticity there 🙂

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  2. Riding as a hunter may be in your future. 🙂

    Another day off in SJC, but it’s a full practice day with show #2 beginning and three events my daughters will be riding tomorrow. They rode very well in the GP on Sunday to end show #1.


  3. We travel with four – two for Elizabeth and one each for Deborah and Tara. How come E gets to ride two horses – simply because her golden palomino thinks he has to go everywhere E goes; plus he’s a calming influence for Lilith in the trailer. Since he’s at a show, E says let him compete. And, they have come away with a couple of those oversized cardboard checks and lots of ribbons.

    No trainer on the road. Their coach/instructor have taught them how to analyze their rides and make adjustments. They help each other out in that regard. In many ways, they ride like professionals. But, they are on the phone with Mark and Trish nearly every night after sending a raft of video and still photos which I do for them.

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    1. That’s a full load! 🙂
      It’s really neat that they can reconnect with their trainers after each show at night. It does a lot to be able to rehash, go over details, and sometimes simply gain another perspective on what happened. Sounds like they’ve got a great support system set up!!


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