Well, as a reward for your patience here they are: he was jumping a 3'3" vertical in the photo.
|3'3" - I love his expression. Such focus.|
I wanted to work the little man a bit yesterday before working miss Q - fresh out of her vacation.
I worked on the lunge line awhile in both directions playing around with a new device to get him to give to pressure from the bit without it being because his hock action forced it [Fauxssoa] (this will be another post in itself if I can get the homemade device to my specifications).
After 10 minutes or so of this, I took the surcingle off and just lunged him around the barnyard.
I had him do the bounce set with slants, then set those up to 1'3", and also had him jumping a 1'9" jump that had a wide ground pole set so he really had to work on jumping longer and not just up.
From there, I set a 3' vertical and lunged him over it a time or two.
You can see above how much he was concerned with this.
And so I popped the jump up to 3'3" for a finale to end on.
And he excelled.
Its worth noting that I've never ridden this horse over a jump. This is not likely to happen for another year - maybe more.
I've also never put any "gadget" on him to somehow modify his body position when he's jumping.
This is Griffin. All Griffin. His natural form.
I've got a feeling I'll have to get over my fear of the show ring with this horse. He's just got so much potential. I'm so excited for his future.