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Published on Jun 4, 2008
This video is of me and my 1997 half-Arabian gelding, Vally, schooling on 3/26/08 over a jump (2'6, I think?), mostly working on some jumper turns. Sorry for the poor quality; I had to record it off the screen because the video file wasn't compatible with youtube...or something like that :).
Vally is barely ridden and had not been ridden in awhile before that video, so don't be too critical. He did two Hopeful Jumper (2'6) courses less than a week later and won both of them.
The weird stop near the beginning is when my dog ran out in front of us and wouldn't move :). I know his canter (flat) needs a little work--he isn't engaging his hindquarters well. That's due to the lack of riding, but he always gets better when I'm home enough to ride. I also know that I keep a pretty tight rein on him, even over the jumps. Part of this is a mistake on my part; I tend to not release enough. However, part of it is because he actually jumps better (and goes better on the flat) on a tighter rein. He's the type of horse where if he was bolting, all I'd have to do would be drop the reins and he'd stop dead. If I jump him on a loose rein, we usually end up trotting the jumps :). It's just his training.
Vally showed HA/AA Hunter Pleasure and Equitation on the Arabian circuit for about six years before we switched almost totally to jumpers. He excelled on the breed circuit but he also loves to jump. He's one of the most athletic jumpers I've ever ridden. He's jumped 3'6, though not in awhile. He's very quick, very fast, and absolutely loves his job. He's only 15h (very optimistically) but he has a big heart and a big attitude.
Unfortunately, he is now for sale as I rarely ride/show him anymore.