Best Yet

I was really really excited to write a recap on my most recent jump lesson. But work has been busy, and I have family coming into town tomorrow and I just can’t settle down enough to write a thoughtful play by play.

So, instead, you’re getting a recap through pictures. But just know this. It was super fun, and left me with so much homework. But I am so incredibly excited about June’s potential.

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We cantered over two poles to a jump. I had to work really hard to maintain rhythm. June was like a torpedo to the jumps

At first it was just a simple crossrail. But June wanted to pull me along to it, so I had to work really hard on keeping the uphill balance and not letting her take over.

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She was just like “easy, peasy, yawn, what’s next?” Meanwhile I was trying to remember how to jump and do a million other things

We had to work off the left and right, and our right lead canter has been, well, less than stellar, or consistent, but I was really happy with how we were able to work within the canter in this lesson and actually make some changes. Progress!

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Sometimes June took the long spot. Especially when she would take over and drag me down the line

But I worked and worked on getting this to improve. I wasn’t making changes quick enough, or insisting soon enough, but it got better as the lesson progressed.

And then, the crossrail became a vertical (yes it’s a vertical in the last photo but ignore that). June and I have never jumped a vertical before! So exciting!!

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Lets just say it was no problem for her

Going left I could get a fairly adjustable canter. Going right, well, we had to go right a few more times than left, but in the end it was far better than in the beginning.

And June just kept jumping out of her skin!

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I think she likes jumping.

June is just a natural jumper. It was so easy for her. Which meant I had to work hard on getting her to the first pole and not letting her drag me past our distance. I had to work on keeping her in an uphill frame. I had to keep my elbows moving and my leg from clamping (less successful with this..). My take away was that I can expect more from her than I was. I need to instill what I want from the get go, cause June is pretty sure she doesn’t need any help from me.

At the end I asked Sarah how high the jump was. 2′? 2’3? She paused and got the measuring stick. Almost 2’6! What??? We went from jumping crossrails to jumping 2’6 and I had zero fear, zero trepidation and it was SO FUN.

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Because I have the best friend ever, I asked her to stand next to the jump and look excited. And she did! And June just posed naturally, lol.

I think I have been grinning ear to ear ever since.

But OMG so much to work on. And I am SO EXCITED!!!

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19 thoughts on “Best Yet

  1. Liz says:

    I’m grinning ear to ear with you! Gosh she’s just the prettiest and most talented! Grif used to pull me toward jumps like that. While still green, it was the best feeling – but I think having a willing partner is always a great feeling.

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  2. Yay!!!! Baby June has hops 🙂 I think that is the absolute best feeling to have after a lesson – excitement and hope and potential and homework all combined

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  3. Yay! You two look so awesome in all those photos! I agree – piece of cake for her! But most importantly, I think even though she did pull you to the distances, your lesson was FUN and you had total faith in her and yourself and no fear! That’s huge! She’s such a cool mare!

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  4. Emma says:

    that’s so awesome – it definitely looks freakishly easy for her!!!! 😀 😀 😀

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  5. martidoll123 says:

    WOW she and you look great. How bout them hops. It is so nice when they have natural talent in jumping (cough cough looking at you Remus he who clobbers jumps) HA!

    Love her. Can’t wait till you are showing!

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    • nadsnovik says:

      Yeah this is definitely my first experience with a horse who is like “got this” so early on.
      I’m excited to show too, but so much to work on and I need to do a post on all the baby things she still does, lol

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    Yay!!! She is such a cute, natural little jumper!!! So exciting!!!

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  7. L. Williams says:

    She looks so game and fun!

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  8. KC Scott says:

    I just LOVE her. And you two as a partnership. She looks so fun!

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  9. This makes me so happy!! Yay jumping bean!

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  10. Alex says:

    Wow you guys really rocketed up the heights there! Congrats on your jumping genius. XD

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