Friday, September 9, 2011

Schooling Jackson

This morning I schooled Jackson in the arena.  Brett was kind enough to videotape it for me.  Unfortunately, it was not one of our best performances.  On a scale of 1-to-10, where 1 is awful and 10 is awesome, I'd give this a 4.  But, it does give a good representation of what I'm working with.  When Jackson's feet aren't feeling 100%, this is what I get. 


  1. loved the dedication at the end. :)

    jackson is so beautiful. i sure wish he'd get sound so you could stop worrying about his feet. :)

  2. Nice to see a video of you and Jackson. Love that exercise with the pole. Thank you Brett for letting us see what's going on out there.

  3. Neat idea for a video. I liked all the sounds of your morning farm also.

  4. Yay! Thanks for posting a riding video! Jackson is a gorgeous gray. He is a pretty big horse too, now that I see him in action. I think that he stretches to the bit very nicely and is beautifully muscled. You made the pole trick look easy. I also liked your yee-haw. Go Jackson!

    Since you asked about the sitting trot, in July I posted a video and wrote about some techniques that have worked for me. Something that has improved my stability in sitting trot is a shorter stirrup length, although I am reluctant to yield even an inch of my short legs! A base of support is necessary for quietness above the seat. You just might be pleasantly surprised!

  5. (re: comment - yes! we've had temps from the high 60s to the high 80s lately! today we're supposed to be in the 90s again, but after 68 days over 100 this summer, this feels great! now we just need rain!!!)

  6. So nice to see you and Jackson working together. I think he's completely sound, which is wonderful. The canter was a pure three beat and once warmed up it was forward and engaged. I'd blame the heat for sluggishness.
    I think sitting trot is a matter of practice. Doing it without strrups is how I learned on Savanah and I still have to learn on Rogo (bigger trot). The only suggestion I'd make (and you may be doing it) is to tilt your pelvis forward. I don't think your head is bobbing very much and it will quiet as you get the movement. Again, I really enjoyed seeing you ride Jackson :) ~ thanks Brett!


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