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  1. Pin Oak Horse Show

    I think what may be happening is that you are focusing on the jump the horse will jump, rather than following the horse. I don't know what type of camera you are using but try and change your shutter speed. Also, if the ring is indoors, you may not be able to get really crisp pictures without using the flash. However, I personally feel uncomfortable using the flash especially when I am not the hired photographer. Anyway, what type of camera do you have? The photos would be nice if they were clearer, however, at least you can see them! :) I remember for the longest time not even being able to see the subject in my photos because of a simple operator error. :)
  2. Do You Color Corodinade Your Horse's Colors?

    My colors are blue, black, and white. The horse I used to lease ran cross-country in a blue saddle-pad, me in my blue vest, and white boots with black tape. Don't lease him anymore though, so I think I may just switch my colors to black and white, more horses are flattered by this combination. :)
  3. Video!

    I don't post on here often but take what I say with a grain of salt. Your mare is very nice. She seems to be getting the idea of what you want. However, the painfully slow jog you had at the beginning was making it so much harder on her to truly start using her hind-end. Advanced dressage horses can do it no problem when the right training has been put in them. The trot after we see your chihuahua is much better. I would try and get that pace from the beginning. If you are having a problem with her rushing to the fences, I would personally lay off the jumping for now. She may not have the right muscles to really balance and rock-back coming to fences and so she has to rely on momentum to get her over (even if the jumps are tiny). To me, horse training is all about setting your horse up for success. If she physically can't rock back, don't ask her to do that for jumping; wait until she is stronger. Other than that, you are doing an excellent job with her! :)
  4. oh yeah, btw this is Victoria ha ha

  5. Elizabeth? I think this is you because I read the one post you had on the eventing board about crazy jumps. You mentioned sheets, Kokopelli jumps, and the wagonwheel jump...:)

  6. Aec's 2010 Anyone!?

    I was hoping to go to the AEC's in 2010 but it looks like I'll be shooting for the 2011 ones as my goal. I only have one recognized event planned for next year. In June, the weekend before my birthday. :) And then it's off to college...lol.
  7. My Lil' Boy...

    Woah! Biiiiiiiiig difference! He looks so grown up now!
  8. Novice 3-day Event?

    I'm all for it! How would it "ruin" the image of the 3 day?
  9. Jumping And Flatting Photos! And Trace Clip.

    Yay! Oliver looks fantastic! I'm so glad he is being such a gentleman! He has so much talent that it would have been a shame if his brain was forever fried. I'm sure Oliver thanks you for the trace clip ha ha. Thumper needs a clip big time, too bad Pamela won't let me lol. Went to a schooling horse trials today and man did that horse get sweaty... :)
  10. Show Last Weekend!

    munching_hedgehog: Thank you! And normally, I would also not do a higher class, but Thumper felt really good so I went with it. Counting calories is sort of what I am doing. I'm just eating meals that have less caloric coontent and I've stopped drinking soda, I just wish I could see extreme results faster ha ha. I just have to remind myself that it's little steps that get me to my goal ha ha.
  11. Show Last Weekend!

    half-halt: Thank you for the compliment! I don't post often, but I have been following your progress with your new mare. She's a cutie. :)
  12. Update With Photos

    Marianne! I'm so glad you moved Caleb back to the barn. I missed seeing him when I go to the barn! He looks pretty fantabulous! I hope to see you out at the barn soon! :)
  13. Show Last Weekend!

    So just an fyi, this will be long and rambling but the pictures are from the photographer's website. So last weekend, my barn had a little schooling show. I signed up as ring announcer so I got to sit by the judge for the first half of the day and boy was that an awesome experience. I'm an eventer, so the basics of hunterland have kind of...not been important to me lol. It was really cool though listening to the judge explain why she placed so-and-so first etc. It eventually comes time for me to get Thump and start warming up. Our warm up was pretty much excellent. He was very gentleman like about horses around him and the entire lot of4 trailers ha ha. I hopped him over a crossbar, a small vertical and then an oxer and he feels pretty much just right so I go up and wait for my turn. Now in the past, he has been very looky at jumps which made my job so much harder (sit still, keep him balanced but stay out of his way). Normally he would go all wiggly on me and if I managed to keep him pointed to the jump, he would jump very spastic-like. Well at the show, he didn't look at anything!!! I was so proud of the progress we made. It was the 2'3"-2'6" hunter division and he has finally got to the point where he is bored with this height so the rounds were much more relaxed than previous shows. I go through the hunter division with a 1st in eq on the flat, 2nd in hus, and 2nd in all of the over fences class. I was pretty pumped! I had also signed up for the 2'3" jumper at the advice of my trainer because I haven't really done jumper courses so the lower height was just to make it easy on the both of us. Well, we go through the 2'3" jumper and my trainer is like "You need to do the 2'6" class." We do excellent in that and I'm ready to call it quits because I am tired! So I hop off and I'm walking up to the barn and my trainer is talking with the judge and she yells at me from across the arena to hop back on, I'm doing another class. So I hop back on because Thump still feels pretty good and do the next class, which is the 2'9"-3' jumper class, which cracks me up because my trainer, in my previous lesson was saying I should stick with the lower height because I was new to the jumpers but I ended up doing the 2'9"-3' jumpers. Now to the first of two things that made my weekend: First and foremost, when I went into the last jumper class, Thumper was a little tired but was still giving 110% even though at 2'9", we're getting close to his max jumping scope-he's not going to be much more than a 3'-3'3" horse. Probably only 3'3" when he is in top physical condition. Anyway, he was giving me his best and I've found out, since we have been jumping bigger fences lately, when he really puts an effort over a fence, he does this little high-pitched grunt that just makes me laugh. Over most of those jumps, he did that little grunting thing and really tried his hardest even though he was tired. The second thing that made my weekend was the judge came up to me after the end of the show and said that I was one of the best riders she had seen that day and that I had a lot of potential to be a professional in the future. But she also said that I seemed to be struggling with my weight and that my weight puts me at a disadvantage because I am limited on what I can ride. I agree with her completely. I have been trying to lose weight and I know that it puts me at a disadvantage. I just wish I could see results faster ha ha. I've been eating healthier and excersising on a much more regular basis. I just wish it went faster. :\ ANYWAYS, onto the pictures ha ha. My absolute favorite! Another favorite of mine. Got here on a half stride, can you tell by the expression on my face? Another good one :) :) A little careless with the knees... Little looksy at the photographer ha ha. And here's the album: http://www.photographmemory.com/gallery/10...704052213_xzFGU So, I only picked the good ones ha ha. Critiques are alrighty with me.
  14. Pictures!

    So just an fyi, this will be long and rambling but the pictures are from the photographer's website. So last weekend, my barn had a little schooling show. I signed up as ring announcer so I got to sit by the judge for the first half of the day and boy was that an awesome experience. I'm an eventer, so the basics of hunterland have kind of...not been important to me lol. It was really cool though listening to the judge explain why she placed so-and-so first etc. It eventually comes time for me to get Thump and start warming up. Our warm up was pretty much excellent. He was very gentleman like about horses around him and the entire lot of4 trailers ha ha. I hopped him over a crossbar, a small vertical and then an oxer and he feels pretty much just right so I go up and wait for my turn. Now in the past, he has been very looky at jumps which made my job so much harder (sit still, keep him balanced but stay out of his way). Normally he would go all wiggly on me and if I managed to keep him pointed to the jump, he would jump very spastic-like. Well at the show, he didn't look at anything!!! I was so proud of the progress we made. It was the 2'3"-2'6" hunter division and he has finally got to the point where he is bored with this height so the rounds were much more relaxed than previous shows. I go through the hunter division with a 1st in eq on the flat, 2nd in hus, and 2nd in all of the over fences class. I was pretty pumped! I had also signed up for the 2'3" jumper at the advice of my trainer because I haven't really done jumper courses so the lower height was just to make it easy on the both of us. Well, we go through the 2'3" jumper and my trainer is like "You need to do the 2'6" class." We do excellent in that and I'm ready to call it quits because I am tired! So I hop off and I'm walking up to the barn and my trainer is talking with the judge and she yells at me from across the arena to hop back on, I'm doing another class. So I hop back on because Thump still feels pretty good and do the next class, which is the 2'9"-3' jumper class, which cracks me up because my trainer, in my previous lesson was saying I should stick with the lower height because I was new to the jumpers but I ended up doing the 2'9"-3' jumpers. Now to the first of two things that made my weekend: First and foremost, when I went into the last jumper class, Thumper was a little tired but was still giving 110% even though at 2'9", we're getting close to his max jumping scope-he's not going to be much more than a 3'-3'3" horse. Probably only 3'3" when he is in top physical condition. Anyway, he was giving me his best and I've found out, since we have been jumping bigger fences lately, when he really puts an effort over a fence, he does this little high-pitched grunt that just makes me laugh. Over most of those jumps, he did that little grunting thing and really tried his hardest even though he was tired. The second thing that made my weekend was the judge came up to me after the end of the show and said that I was one of the best riders she had seen that day and that I had a lot of potential to be a professional in the future. But she also said that I seemed to be struggling with my weight and that my weight puts me at a disadvantage because I am limited on what I can ride. I agree with her completely. I have been trying to lose weight and I know that it puts me at a disadvantage. I just wish I could see results faster ha ha. I've been eating healthier and excersising on a much more regular basis. I just wish it went faster. :\ ANYWAYS, onto the pictures ha ha. My absolute favorite! Another favorite of mine. Got here on a half stride, can you tell by the expression on my face? Another good one :) :) A little careless with the knees... Little looksy at the photographer ha ha. And here's the album: http://www.photographmemory.com/gallery/10...704052213_xzFGU So, I only picked the good ones ha ha. Critiques are alrighty with me.
  15. Exercises To Help Jumping Position And Release!

    I think having a more independent seat will help you release better. I used to do the same thing (still do when I haven't ridden for a couple weeks). Do lots of no stirrup work to strengthen your legs and if you can, have someone lunge you w/t/c and with no reins. Jumping with no reins would also be helpful as long as you feel comfortable doing it. You might want to work on having your mare respond more to your legs and seat to slow down rather than so much rein that you don't release (does that make sense?). Teach her than when you say 'whoa' she better respond NOW. I'm just expelling some ideas in my head so I hope they make sense! Your mare is such a looker! :)