I decided that since Mia's feet are a trim away from being normal, she is a comfortable 5 on the BCS and she has some balance in the canter now, it was time to see what she can do over fences. I got off of work a little early on Friday and quickly set up a jumping chute and set to work showing Mia what it was about. Despite not having someone to take pics for me, the pictures I was able to get make me really happy. Ever try getting a horse to free lunge over jumps they have never seen before plus take decent pics? Not. Easy. A lot of my pics are taken from video stills. Every single one of the pictures came out with bad lighting and out of focus but it gives me a really good idea with what I am working with.
I started by walking her through chute and having her step over the 12" crossrails. After doing that a couple of times I unhooked her and sent her through at a trot. While she looked at the jumps, she went over everything. From there it was just time to start increasing the height. I set the first/set jump at an 18" crossrail and the second as a one stride that was a 18" high vertical. As she went through, she discovered it was much easier to squeeze between the wall and the standard than to jump the poles. Nice, way to be smart mare haha. Alas you must JUMP the poles. I moved the standards much closer to the wall and after knocking the standard down in an attempt to still squeeze in between the standard and the wall, she figured it wasn't that bad to go over the poles.
After a few successful jumps, I set it up to a 2' vertical and she jumped it quite nicely. At 2'6" she knocked the poles down a couple of times as she started to figure it out but then started really jumping nicely. I moved it to a oxer to help her jump a little more roundly and I am glad I did, it helped her with some scope and made for much better pictures lol.