Saturday, September 12, 2015

Jump Session

Brantley and I had a nice simple jump session today after a couple of days off. Almost thought it was going to rain again before I got to ride! Waited all morning to get there to have a riding buddy. Luckily the clouds stayed away for an extra long ride. We set up a couple cross-rails, a vertical (that was too big for my mentality today), and the barrels. I was determined to go over the barrels today...

If you don't know my too well here's some flash backs. I've always ridden in an English saddle and it was only until Brantley I became really comfortable in my barrel saddle. I jump in it, gallop in it, trail ride it. Everything. My English saddle, I love. It's comfy, cozy, and I stick in it. Why my confidence goes down though? Who knows. And why I've lost my jumping confidence? Bigger question. Especially because we all know and have seen him go over whatever I point him over on the ground. I think he'd jump a brick wall for me. But I freeze up.

The cross-rails were complete cake after a nice trot warm up. Working on lateral flexion and he really relaxed into the bit and collected himself. Which I had video of that. I felt really confident. So I pointed him at the barrels and well... Failed over and over. Before I hit that wall though I asked N to hop on. She's a much better rider than I am and Brantley definitely deserved a rider like that.

Of course he did his usual, I don't know what legs mean. I don't know what direction means. I'm going to point my nose into the fence and do whatever I want. RUBBER NECKING IS FOR COOL PONIES! Why he does this... I don't know. But sometimes it makes me feel good-ish because I'm told I make riding him look easy. Once you get into his brain though and push him through that sticky spot, he's yours! She finally got there and he was great. Love watching people enjoy him.


To get to the end, she did get him over the barrels with ease a few times. I just need to get my confidence back up. That just means more English and more jumping! Planning on going to a barn with an indoor this window that's got some big, scary, jumps and standards. We'll get there. Eventing world... Are you ready?

7 Comments:

At September 13, 2015 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Jenna Blumer said...

Do you have a friend who has a horse who loves to jump? I've always been more of a dressage person, but I took a few "friend lessons" on a horse that loved jumping and it boosted my confidence a lot!

 
At September 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM , Blogger emma said...

lol my mare loves to rubberneck around too - so annoying! also jumping confidence is such a tricky beast. it can be rebuilt, just takes time and patience. no beating yourself up! just lots of simple repetition until whatever you're working on becomes boring and easy, then up the complexity just a notch. slow and steady :D

 
At September 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM , Anonymous Lauren @ She Moved to Texas said...

Jump all the things! You can do it.

 
At September 14, 2015 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

I've thought about that and think I may take some lessons at a more jumper barn over the winter just to get my seat back. I used to jump when I was a kid so I just have to get it back ahaha. ^.^

 
At September 14, 2015 at 8:35 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

I have such an easier time when I have someone on the ground going, "Okay, now do this." And when you're paying for a lesson you can't really say, "No?" Hahaha. I completely agree with that though. Cross-rails are so not exciting anymore... I'm going to buy some straw bales next. I WILL get over those barrels. Plus... Watching YouTube videos of 10 year olds jumping their 14hh ponies over a 3' course... That helps hahaha.

 
At September 14, 2015 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Thanks Lauren! See all of you guys help. Loving the support. We WILL get it done!

 
At September 17, 2015 at 10:05 AM , Blogger Tracy - Fly On Over said...

Love it! Just keep plugging away -- your confidence will increase the more you go and do successfully!

 

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Jump Session

Brantley and I had a nice simple jump session today after a couple of days off. Almost thought it was going to rain again before I got to ride! Waited all morning to get there to have a riding buddy. Luckily the clouds stayed away for an extra long ride. We set up a couple cross-rails, a vertical (that was too big for my mentality today), and the barrels. I was determined to go over the barrels today...

If you don't know my too well here's some flash backs. I've always ridden in an English saddle and it was only until Brantley I became really comfortable in my barrel saddle. I jump in it, gallop in it, trail ride it. Everything. My English saddle, I love. It's comfy, cozy, and I stick in it. Why my confidence goes down though? Who knows. And why I've lost my jumping confidence? Bigger question. Especially because we all know and have seen him go over whatever I point him over on the ground. I think he'd jump a brick wall for me. But I freeze up.

The cross-rails were complete cake after a nice trot warm up. Working on lateral flexion and he really relaxed into the bit and collected himself. Which I had video of that. I felt really confident. So I pointed him at the barrels and well... Failed over and over. Before I hit that wall though I asked N to hop on. She's a much better rider than I am and Brantley definitely deserved a rider like that.

Of course he did his usual, I don't know what legs mean. I don't know what direction means. I'm going to point my nose into the fence and do whatever I want. RUBBER NECKING IS FOR COOL PONIES! Why he does this... I don't know. But sometimes it makes me feel good-ish because I'm told I make riding him look easy. Once you get into his brain though and push him through that sticky spot, he's yours! She finally got there and he was great. Love watching people enjoy him.


To get to the end, she did get him over the barrels with ease a few times. I just need to get my confidence back up. That just means more English and more jumping! Planning on going to a barn with an indoor this window that's got some big, scary, jumps and standards. We'll get there. Eventing world... Are you ready?