I set up an easy oxer, about 2 feet wide with "wings" on the inside so the lunge line will side over. The wings make a smooth line over the standard so the line can't catch and bring fences or horses down. Jump cups are their resting point with the poles being laid over the top of the standard itself.
I really wanted to push the TWH's limits today and see what his limits are. I want to start jumping under saddle again and need to know where the gaps are over bigger fences. So instead of progressing slowly like normal with a crossrail I immediately put him over a 2' vertical and then oxer and we had no issues.
I bumped it up to 2'6" and again we had no issues jumping though we started to have "other" issues. Like the inability to "whoa" or "walk"? We took a small break and worked on those issues and when I thought we were okay I started again. Looking back I now realize "the package was breaking" at this point.
|Two six is easy too. Baby stuff!|
|Burning calories here, 3' means we gotta really push. Notice lunge whip lash on left|
|Three foot isn't too bad anymore.|
|Hind feet can clear jumps! They are about 3' 9" high here|
At this point, however, I started to notice the package of screws really wasn't right. The ability to calmly walk was suffering and if I picked up the lunge line he would immediately start trotting instead of waiting for a cue to move. After some pretty firm convincing, the TWH remembered he could listen on a lunge...sometimes. I really needed to finish the exercise however so I bumped the jump straight up to 3'6" and waited to see what happened.
|Notice how high the hind feet are, over a foot above the jump standard, |
front feet brought the poles down
|The front feet are again bringing a rail down|
|Need to tuck just a little more and jump a little further back. Notice how vertical |
he/his back is b/c he is jumping so close to the fence.
At this point his brain was pretty frazzled and he was pretty bug-eyed. He couldn't listen or concentrate so I put the jump back down to 3', put him over it until it was clean 2x and then did some light groundwork to mend is broken mind. Poor guy had his screws all over the place and not in that nice little package of a brain. I am going to do a lunge line session with him tomorrow to reestablish the basics and hopefully unfrazzle his brain.
Overall I am happy with his progress and am very happy with some of his efforts. He has learned he has to jump things even if he knows he will bring them down. He has learned how to jump big things. I will now bump him back down and work on some stretching over fences and getting him to jump them correctly, he really likes to put himself really deep/close to the jump which will be bad for me as a rider. On the plus side, however, now hopefully he won't refuse just because he sees a jump and it is big.