Jumping!

Saleem and I decided that we better test that new saddle of ours today, by jumping a little. Or, I decided. Saleem wasn’t too hot on the idea, thinking that he couldn’t do it, like he always does.

IMG_2951

IMG_2992

Even the poles on the ground was quite scary at first…

IMG_2958

IMG_2978

And Apocalipse and Marble did their best to cheer him on, which he found a little bothersome…

IMG_2999

Saleem is very careful, very gentle and he really lacks a bit of courage and trust in his own skill. I quickly realized that we needed a low obstacle and we needed to get to it at a canter, not trot, simply for energy. I needed him to stop thinking so much and just focus ahead.

So we did. Saleem thought that was quite scary. (I am still holding on to the mane with my right hand, so I won’t accidentally pull on the reins if he does something I didn’t expect.)

IMG_3024

IMG_3031

IMG_3034

IMG_3036

But ever so slowly he loosened up at in the end, he gave me the perfect jump, he actually focused on the obstacle, and he believed that he could do it. Look at his ears. This is a proud horse, that finally understood the task and realized that it wouldn’t kill him.

IMG_3053

So, yep, awesome day! And the saddle stayed in place, jumping is a good test, he worked very well in it and he actually learned to jump today. Or, at least he understood the basic idea. For Saleem and me, this is huge. My perfect young man.

IMG_3027

Advertisements

About Starstone

-Owned by horses. Writer, Photographer, Director, Musician.
This entry was posted in Horses and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Jumping!

  1. sammerson says:

    I can imagine that learning to jump over things can be scary for some of them. I think I might freak out a little if I were a horse, so good for him! Great job Saleem!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s