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The Great Joy Of Just Owning Her

No one owns the perfect horse.

This girl right here, far from perfect.  I’m working with her to instill some fun.  Something different from her usual dressage.  Show her that she can move with power…

Her canter has been very unconvincing.  Her walk weak-feeling, a sort of “bedroom slippers and robe” vibe.

Some jumping on her own has really helped set up some confidence in her self 🙂  Especially in the walk.

After the ride and a shower, she sashays away.  Her walk swinging.  It has developed and strengthened.

She looks like a 20-something at Chevron.  You know, that one, always feeling a bit too sexy pumping gas.  Yep, that’s her walk out to pasture.

Blurry photobomb of her latest bunny hops – short and easy.  A few takeoffs, no sweat.

water jump with a tarp

Being creative with the few props I have, she’s jumped cross rails, an upright, a water ditch with a tarp (yeah, ’cause that’s so believable…), a “wall” with a tarp, a makeshift oxer.

making a wall jump with a tarp

horse jumping a chair

OK fine, jump the chair too…

She’s doing absolutely fabulous!  The slightly wider jumps make a better takeoff, not so close and upright.  Even better if I could bring myself to setting up the ground pole at the correct distance.  It’s a work in progress.

horse jumping small oxer

Of course even better on her own, off the lunge line.  Go grey mare!

grey horse jumping

free jumping 3 ft

why should you free jump the young horse

Love the imperfect perfect mare!

 

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6 thoughts on “The Great Joy Of Just Owning Her

  1. Hey, my daughters own perfect horses – all 8 of them, LOL. 🙂

    They are spoiled rotten. Bad practice day, “That’s okay, baby. It was my fault for not doing things right. I promise to be better tomorrow.” Now, about those 20-somethings at the Chevron station walking that girl walk, I saw a few them. (One of them had a pony tail that rivaled Mr. Ed’s tail – nice, long, silky gold.) Not too many of them here since we’re now back in Colorado. We mostly have Shell and Conoco stations. 🙂

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  2. FANTASTIC!!!! Wow, she looks just terrific in these photos. So athletic and beautiful, she really does! Nice jumping form, and I just love your creative jumps, they make me smile. Your description of her as that 20-something at Chevron made me laugh. Thanks for my morning chuckle!

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    • 🙂 ! These jumps, they work for her. I’m always quick to point out that they’re not for every horse. Especially not the pvc which can splinter. She’s always composed though, not a big risk taker, so we’re OK.
      I’m so glad to hear she’s looking athletic and competent – it’s so great to be part of developing this.

      Love to provide a laugh 😉 She really looks like that some mornings, full of sass, once all the work is done.

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  3. Wow! Those are some big jumps! I am amazed that you can get her going over them without a lunge line. Even when Speedy (my Arab) is on the lunge line, he tries his very best to dodge the trot poles!

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    • This is really as high as I want her to jump. I’m squeamish about that impact on the front legs on landing. And the torque on the back when flying up and over.
      I know, I know… bunch of squawking and wing fluttering. But still 😉

      Her great quality is that she’s very curious, trusting, and always ready to try something new. So much easier to teach this then.
      Not for every horse personality! So I wouldn’t be surprised if there are many horses that just wouldn’t go for this 🙂

      I like to keep the lunge line on, to keep her from rushing and turning sharply and going like a speed demon. You know, keeping everything intact for two decades of riding 🙂

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