All photos by Dominique Heinke
A fellow redhead photographer friend accompanied me to the barn to photograph the barn, horses, Kenai, and Q and I jumping. It was a lot of fun. Its really helpful to see photos of myself and Q jumping as I never get to critique my form otherwise! Riding alone definitely has a lot of downsides.
So questions for all you jump-savvy folks! I know I should have more of a "release" - or so the pictures seem to say, but what do you do when your horse rushes the jump and CHARGES off after it? Because that's Miss Q, rush the jump, charge away upon landing. It doesn't help that her friends are around - she loves her jumping job, but she's very friend motivated when we're right around the barnyard, which is the only available place I have to jump (surrounded on 3 sides by her friends).
|Q refusing the jump due to Kenai being a douche; my saddle sliding off her side due to loose |
girth from first day with Woolback....
|The clouds!! And Q thinking the jump is a monster|
|Prepping to mount after fixing the loose saddle|
|I've fixed my chicken wings a bit at least...|
|So I had this goal to make a goofy face while Q was jumping...|
|Ground work to get her focused; she ran to her boyfriend along the fence while I was moving a jump|
She quickly figured out that standing near him at the fence meant she had to do even more work
|Release a little more?? Sit up straighter??|
|Her throatlatch is soooo thick...all the better to breathe with?|
|Cantering away post jump - I mean, charging to the fence to be with her boyfriend...|
Training suggestions? Posture/form suggestions?
Thanks y'all. =)