While I was off fiddling with plastic bricks [Horses at BrickFair, Life on a LEGO Tile], my outstanding barn help set up a jumping chute. He then tied his phone to a standard with a bungee cord. What can I say, I pick clever. The 8-second video has four views of two jumping efforts: 2’3″,Continue reading “Rodney Free Jumps”
While I was larking about with Saddlebreds [Grooming], my top hand worked Rodney on the line. He reports that Rodney trotted this as calmly and quietly as one would ask for, attentive to his job but not in the least anxious. The top hole is 3′. Counting down puts the top bar at 2’3″. ThisContinue reading “BFD Jump”
Milton Horse & Hound recently ran Milton: 12 fascinating facts about our hero. Check out the first picture. That’s how horse should use his shoulders over a fence. Found courtesy of the Facebook page for Equestrian Legends – Book My favorite Milton quote from his biography: Sometimes I get so carried away on Milton IContinue reading “Great Grays”
Rodney trotted quietly over a jump! Yay! It was a tiny cavaletti cavaletto, he was on a leadline & he was hopped up on painkillers. But still, this the quietest he has ever dealt with the idea of jumping for us. Please note, I am NOT in any way advocating showing Rodney or any horseContinue reading “A Small Hop Forward”
Crazy Opinionated Jumper Mare [pictured here and here] learned like lightning. She could scope out the height of an entire course as she trotted through the ingate. The only time I ever felt her unsure of a fence height was at an evening show. The ring was covered, the lights were low-power, and the sunContinue reading “Learning Styles”
From the archives. Early ’80s. Photographer unknown. File this under – If you can’t laugh at yourself… Update Photographer: Deborah Rubin Place: Difficult Run Pony Club Horse Trials, Spring 1985 So they tell me. I’ve blocked the whole thing from my memory.
Many moons ago, I walked the cross-country courses for the Advanced at Ship’s Quarters and the USPC Nationals in the same weekend. The Ship’s Quarters course was substantial but not terrifying. Professionals on well-trained horses were planning to go bouncing about over piles of logs and have a lovely time. Mind you this was backContinue reading “The Relativistic Nature of Jumps”