Tuesday, 27 June 2017

If she can jump it...

So can I, right?

Welcome newly completed Obstacle XC 5000 Box Coop Thingy.

I wanted each side to have a different look so I used lattice on one side and spaced 1x8s on the other.


The final touch will be some paint. One side will be red and white like a barn and the other side will be possibly brown or what ever mix of dark colours I find in the mistint section, as Savvy seems much more looky at dark coloured jumps.

Couldn't have completed this without a great little helper.
Of course I had to test it out! Well, I let Savvy test it out without me for now...

Yes I know, I should have put her xc boots on. :/
 Let's just say she was very impressed. Refused twice and then with a bit more insistence on my part, she popped over quite awkwardly.

OMG, did you just see me?!! I made it over that thingy!! - Savvy
 The next few jumps were much better, though I can see she still really wants to hesitate and then levitate rather than a fluid last stride and commitment before the jump. It is interesting to watch from the ground what I have been feeling in the saddle. It seems like she is possibly overthinking the 'how' in the last second. Hopefully this is something that will improve as we actually do larger jumps on a regular basis. For now, I will just keep schooling easier stuff. I am not quite ready to try this one yet, at least not without hubby being close by to dial 911.

16 comments:

  1. Ohh, I really like the idea of making it look different from both sides, two jumps in one! Looks great!

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    1. Thanks! It turned out to be pretty easy to build. I think I might make some more (maybe smaller? :P)

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  2. omg i love it tho!!! what a cool jump!! also i think that's super clever to lunge her over it. i haven't really lunged charlie over jumps (he's..... not great at lunging lol) but we free jumped him twice, and i continue to credit that experience with being a defining moment in when it really *clicked* for him how to do this jump thing. maybe Savvy will feel similarly after the lunging?

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    1. I am certainly no hero, lol! I'd rather Savvy sort herself out first without me up there clutching on for dear life and adding to her stress!

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  3. Every really good jumping trainer I have worked with has been a huge proponent of using jumping chutes and lunging over jumps to let the horse figure out distances and balance by themself. I don't think you can go wrong with presenting a wide variety of jumps, tarps, and barrels on the lunge and then moving on to under saddle. Good thing you are crafty!

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    1. I really hope it helps her figure out the higher, more solid stuff. I'm thinking she just needs practice to relax and not psyche herself out. It was kind of funny watching her come up to this obstacle--so many emotions/thoughts. This horse has such a busy brain!!

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  4. What a cool jump. I love how the 2 sides are different.

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  5. What a great idea about the two different looking sides! Good thinking! :)

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    1. Once it is painted it will be even more obviously different. If only it would stop raining so I could safely paint it!

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  6. Wow! Props to you for being able to build it! Now you just gotta ride over it ;)

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    1. Thanks! Funny how I was completely fine and committed to try this size at the derbies (with random success) yet at home on my own it seems so rediculously daunting!

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  7. Love the double sided jump. She does look pretty pleased with herself over that jump.

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  8. Cool! More practice for her and she will figure it out too! You can do it!!!

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