I said something about this horse not knowing how to jump…?

Rambled about it some time ago.

How she’d just plow straight through even a half-foot tall single pole.  No kidding.  (Find it here:  Grey Mare don’t jump.)

Well.  No one showed up to teach it to her.  So we did it on our own.  🙂

Told her she wasn’t allowed to jump high.  She did it anyway.  Sassy.  Where’d she get that from?

horse next to barrel
– OMG! A barrel! I’m going to jump it!

Nope, no.  No you’re not.  It’s not what we do.  You don’t have the skills to do it, it could be harmful, and besides, it could confuse your training.

horse talk
– Oh yeah?! Just watch me! I go!

No, we do dressage, you’re a bit lazy, and some say you’re simply not built for it.  Besides, you don’t look the part.  And I’m not entirely convinced you know how to canter correctly.  Just stick to some circles and low-level stuff.

confused horse
– Um, what? It’s not for me?  But I thought I could do anything?

Hate to break it to you, but it’s not in your cards.  Besides, it builds all the wrong muscles.  And that harsh landing, argh, pounding straight down on the forehand!  It looks painful, and it twists the sacroiliac, and do it enough you’ll have an ugly Hunter’s Bump.

horse looking confused
– But… I want to be something too.  We can’t just have a little fun?  Besides, just WHO gets to make up all the rules?

Simple facts.  Accept your path, don’t monkey around.

horse learning to jump
– I don’t CARE. Look! I’m doing it!

Smokes, Wow you did it!  Wish you’d feel the same about, well, just trotting straight forward…

horse trotting on lunge line
– I told you so!!

OK, I think we should do some suppling work.  Or think classical.  Or walk slowly in a small circle while I limp backwards and almost topple over every fourth step.

horse speeding on lunge line when jumping
– Hey, I’ve been thinking about something by the way…

Doesn’t look like much thinking.

Horse rearing on lunge line
– I thought that maybe now, when you’re in a cast and feeling vulnerable and all….


horse bucking on lunge line
– I thought you should whip out the bareback pad and we’ll do some work together. What do you say?

I say you’ve lost it and need to move on, and this is a very awkward blog post.

horse galloping on lunge line
– Fine, whatevers. Now I go Faaaaast!
horse jumping from trot
– Weeeeh! Check me out, I did this from trot.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

30 thoughts on “I said something about this horse not knowing how to jump…?

    1. 🙂 Wiii! Love it Alli. Haha, she got her self well adjusted then! I’m glad she doesn’t pull much of this with me on, my lower back doesn’t flex like it used to anymore 🙂
      I’m riding now by the way! More or less successfully 😉 Then back on couch.

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    1. Ugh, that will be one GIANT polo horse!!! But hey, I’ve herd it pays better than dressage 😉
      Hope Dino is doing well – I haven’t read any updates on him for a while. This dressage thing is SO tricky. Constant ups and downs…


  1. You might be in the wrong discipline. It seems someone believes you should be a hunter instead. 🙂

    We got back home on Monday. This year, the Nationals was an experience and a half. The atmosphere was definitely electric. My girls did well, accumulating a few more World Cup points. And yes, they did qualify for the WC grand prix. They finished further down the leader board, but they are not disappointed at all. They’re thinking maybe in 2-3 years they can be part of it. Hope you got my note I sent last week.

    Have a good Thanksgiving day.

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    1. Yes, I’ve read everything, and especially appreciate the link. Sitting on the couch I love to catch up on anything horse related 🙂 The first 10 days were rough and I didn’t feel much up for anything, way better now!
      Now to the important stuff! How many times have they gone to the Nationals? Just making it there is huge in itself. I know this is NOT a competition just anyone can go to, and it takes a VERY particular type of rider to make it there. To want to make it. And to have the discipline to actually follow through. What an experience!
      And it leaves me with more questions than anything 😉 You think they’ve got it to start looking at International competitions one day? Have they had opportunity to work for an accomplished competitor? – I know it can make a world of a difference. I’ve liked to see the journey of Swedish brothers Zetterman, who now train out of Florida part of the year. Maybe you’ve got the same in the making! 🙂

      Coolest of all, is that you get to be there as their horse gopher and be part of it all 🙂

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      1. Glad you’re feeling much better. It must be tough being sidelined, but it won’t be long when you’re back on the saddle.

        Regarding your questions:
        * How many times have they’ve been to Nationals? This was their third time. First time was in 2014 in the iJump competition. It’s like team show jumping in which a team of three riders, ride a progressively more difficult course. With three daughters, the team part was easy. They ended up taking second and rode a couple of “undercard” events. The second time was 2015, and last year was the first time the FEI added the Las Vegas Nationals to their World Cup tour. They rode two grand prix series finals (non-FEI), the national hunter derby, and the WC grand prix qualifier (FEI). They didn’t qualify to ride the WC grand prix. It was at a rider meet and greet last year, the girls met Kent Farrington who was on a break from the East Coast tour. He surprised them by saying he knew who they were. It seems WC riders keep an eye for rising talent. This year, they met the rider from Australia who said their names came up in Rio when Team AUS was talking about rising talent among themselves. They rode the two grand prix series finals (non-FEI), two FEI jumper events, the WC grand prix qualifier (FEI) and the WC grand prix (FEI).

        * Working to make Nationals. Simply, a rider needs a body of work. It goes beyond riding AA-rated shows and winning blue and red ribbons at big shows. They need to show year-to-year improvements. Equitation matters, consistency matters and competitiveness matters. A lot of what my girls do in the off-season, preparing for a new season, practice sessions between shows and at shows, and off-saddle work, the work ethic has to be there regardless of talent level. The AA-rated shows keep an eye out for talent. Every off-season, the girls get a stack of letters from shows asking if they would consider of adding them to their show schedule in addition to follow-up emails.

        *Riding internationally? That’s the big maybe for them. It would take a bigger commitment from them. The one thing Trish, their primary coach and instructor, has ingrained on them to be ready for life during/after competing. What happens should you suffer a serious injury, or a career-ending injury? Neither the USEF and FEI are going to support you should you get hurt or your horse(s) gets hurt. Trish rode three years on the World Cup circuit and rode plenty of the big shows in the East. She said if they want ride at that level, Trish said she can get them competition ready. The “however” part is getting the USEF to take notice. They evaluate the talent and decide whether a “new” rider should compete at the World Cup level. Two years ago, Lucy Graves rode the Las Vegas Nationals. My girls noticed her then, that she was a cut above. In Rio, Lucy helped Team USA win silver in Team Show Jumping. Lucy currently rides on the European circuit of the WC tour.

        *Working/training with an established, international competitor? The Australian rider that we met, he has his own training facility based in California, I think around Santa Barbara. He gave the girls his business card, not so much to recruit them for World Cup, but to talk horses and career options. He said it is a hard decision to make because there are a lot of moving parts when deciding to ride at that level. I think if my daughters would like to work/train with, it would be with Kent Farrington. He has similar outlook, and that is to have fun while riding. When it becomes all work, then that’s the signal to move on.

        Sorry for the lengthy reply. Have a good day. 🙂

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        1. I loved reading it all!
          Just like in dressage, it takes an incredible amount of work, effort, dedication, talent, back up support and resources to get where they are – and 100% more to step it up another notch.
          If that’s what they want to do…
          Like you mention their coach already knows – a backup plan must be in place.
          That said – a little bit of just being in the right place at the right time, and you might have them at a level you never imagined when they first started out 🙂 How exciting!
          Finger’s crossed for all, and I’d love to stay up to date how they decide to carry on with eventual work with a Intl. Competior… Extremely difficult to leave horses and everything behind, I know that, so of course it’s not for everyone, and never a guaranteed “payoff” either. Just like the rest of life 🙂 OK, keep us up to date 🙂


    1. I know you know ALL about this Teresa 😉 ! Both you and Carmen look GREAT in the last pictures in the two previous posts. It’s so easy to get very self critical – that’s why I love blogging. It helps to be able to go back and look at older pictures and posts, and then all the progression is right there, no denying it 🙂
      Hope your ankle is better off than mine – careful!


    1. She cracks me up – at first, jumping was appalling to her. Now she seems to think it’s really fun. Her ability to set distances is not all that great though… Lots of Canter Up, throw in a couple of trot steps, and then jump off really close. Mares 🙂


  2. I love that you are cross training her! Star and I are moving to a new facility in December: one with trails! Hills! and we can do some trot poles and eventually small jumps without having to set up a lesson with a trainer, as we have to at our current place. A much longer drive…but it will be worth it to have trails and hills right out the door. I’m excited and will write a post about it once we’re there. Meanwhile, Valiosa continues to entertain with her lovely form over jumps. I see Prix Caprilli in her future! Or Working Equitation? Wouldn’t THAT be fun? Along with dressage, trails, etc., etc. That girl can do everything.

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    1. I’m SO excited for you!!!
      Access to trails is gold worth, major lameness prevention.
      Oh, to be able to cool off by tagging on a good easy walk out, or incorporate easy climbing and trot session days! You’re going to LOVE it!!!
      I’m very happy to be at a small facility where it’s OK for us few gals to put up whatever we like in the arena, as long as we take it down after. Makes for a lot less restrictive feel 🙂

      How long is your current door to door drive on average? And at the new place? I absolutely cap out at 1 hour and get cranky if I do it too often.

      I recently saw a Working Equitation vid from Spain where the horse performed absolutely smooth, no sliding rough on haunches, bit contact was excuisite and the horse moved smooth like an eel. Loved it! A bit less stuffy too haha 😉

      Can’t wait to read about your new place!!!

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      1. Current commute is about 12 minutes…new commute will be be 30 minutes most days (depending on traffic). Quite a difference, but worth it for the reasons you enumerate above. TRAILS!!! I cannot wait. I love the trail, and so does Star. It feeds my soul. And hills will be so very good for her back and hind end. This place has tons of hills. It’s beautiful and peaceful. And the trainer trained Star’s father to GP, and owns her cousin as her personal horse, and has Star’s brother 1/2 brother in training, as well as several other Andalusians. How perfect is that? All in the family. I think I’m going to love it – except for the drive, but audio books will help.

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        1. You’ll be just as happy with 30 min, 12 would be a little dream for me 🙂 I did a solid hour, each way, for a year, and it makes me cranky. Right now, I get 45 min on many days since there’s morning traffic. 40 on the way home. It works, kind of 🙂 I always make sure to have morning coffee and eat breakfast in the car – sort of a time saver. And most days I’ll bring some sort of food that can qualify as a lunch kind of, and I’ll eat that on the way home. Trails will be worth doubling your commute! 🙂
          When desperate for something different, I listen to Xirius channel 123, which have very obscure snippets of, more or less, useful stuff I’ve never heard about.

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          1. Snacks will be necessary for the way home, I think, since I get hungry after riding, cleaning tack, etc. Audible books will make the miles disappear. One hour each way! No way, I say. Well, if there’s traffic, that could happen to me, but I’ll try to avoid that! Fantastic photobomb on the grey mare’s development over the past two years. She looks so beautiful and her self-carriage is really starting to come along!

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          2. Thank you Edie – it’s so rewarding to see her develop. I love it that others can see it too!

            I was quite heavy on the audible books for some time, and I LOVE it. But somehow, it’s become a chore just to get everything ready at the house and LEAVE, with lunches, and bottles of water, and dogs fed and locked up, gas in the tank, and everything on track. I’ve fallen off the wagon with actually picking up any material to listen to for myself.
            Need to squeeze it in to the schedule somehow, because I truly do like it. Thank you for the reminders!

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      1. Finally his stomach stopped hurting when he stop taking so many medications and he was able to enjoy Thanksgiving. That was a big deal. He even got outside to enjoy the pretty weather. Friends and family and laughter were all just what the doctor ordered. Thanks

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        1. Ugh, yeah, those post surgery meds are truly horrid. Hard to feel even half normal on them.
          And, it’s tough to be young and injured. I know it can feel like the End All.
          Now, as a bit of an older geezer with so many injuries and ailments I can’t even keep track of them all, it’s a bit easier to accept. (Just a bit…)
          Hope things keep going in the right direction and that physical therapy, once it starts, isn’t too painful at start!

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