Sunday, September 14, 2014

Just Jump It

If Emi had a slogan, I'm pretty sure "just jump it" would be it. Today we went on a baby outing with Tarra & Alyssa. I loaded Emi up at home and headed to pick Tarra and Mylo up. Once Mylo was loaded we made our way to Alyssa's house. Alyssa has a big trailer so we were able to load all the horses in her trailer for the trip to Perrydale Trails.

All three kids came off of the trailer well and we got right to work, walking over bridges, logs, through a pool noodle obstacle and more. Emi is super brave and it's fun to do stuff like this with her. One of the first little wood "bridges" I took her on she stepped on and then launched across it. Next I took her through a bunch of various sized logs that were set up as sort of walk poles. She walked over the first 5 or so and then leapt out over the last 3. When we encountered a small natural type ditch she walked right up to it before jumping over. It seems to be her go to move, which is okay with me. I definitely think she will be an excellent jumping horse.





She's getting very comfortable navigating up and down stuff. In the last obstacle area they had a large raised gravel box that you could jump on and then back down. She went towards it eagerly and seemed to really understand the question. 


This was her first real bridge and she walked over it easily. Another unusual thing we encountered was a mattress you could walk them over. Emi didn't mind that at all. The only thing she did not like was the water obstacles. Neither were super inviting and although I got her through both she wasn't thrilled. This is where her jumping does not come in handy. If you remember this photo from her first cross country outing in May, you will see a similar launch. Unfortunately she scares herself when she jumps in like that. I'm sure she thinks I'm trying to drown her!


So...more water torture, I mean practice, for this little rascal, but otherwise she's a champ. She loaded well all 4 times today and I was really pleased with that.  Hopefully she will be going to a fun obstacle/trail course in November but for now she gets some down time. 

5 comments:

  1. Love that you're getting her out to see all those things. She's going to be wonderful under saddle! :)

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  2. what a fun outing - she's such a little rock star lol

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  3. How cool that you can get her out like this. :-) Between that and her cob brain, she'll be a pro when you start riding her.

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  4. I think it's really great that you are doing things like this with her! It'll make things go so much smoother in the future. Good for you!

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  5. That is so awesome!!! Looks like so much fun! Also thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing the picture of the dirt filled tire! I used a tractor tire to make a pedestal out of, but I put support posts in it and a piece of plywood bolted over it.... pain in the butt and not very stable. Putting the dirt in it is genius! The only drawback is not being able to move it, but that's not a big deal I don't think. Thanks for sharing!

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