From racing to riding... the training diary of an off the track Standardbred

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ohh boy! We jumped! They were tiny crossrails and we only did it a few times just to desensitize him to them for later on down the road. Last week he thought that the colored poles would come up and eat him, I swear... but he was so much better this week! We also trotted over a "flower box" and introduced him to a rockwall but didn't go over it since it would be higher than a crossrail. I wasn't going to push jumping and I only wanted to go over a few times. He was such a good boy! The first jump he went straight to it, but I dropped my contact so he didn't jump it. I didn't know if he would go to sniff it, or something, so I decided to drop my contact. Why? I don't know. I know that it's not what I should have done but it's what I did. Over the second jump I kept my contact and he jumped it! He tapped it with his back foot since I got left behind. I didn't know he was actually going to jump! I wasn't expecting that pleasant surprise. After he did that, he was thinking, "Ok, I'm done. Time to walk." He got a huge praise for going over them and lots of treats ;)


  1. jet did amazing!!!!! and you did amazing too!!! i just cant beleive we can actually take her to the barn with another horse and to know that we have the samr problems xD thanks soo much!

  2. No problem! I had sooooo much fun! Thank you for letting us bring Katie along! She is an awesome horse!! Each time we go, she gets better and better! She is also Jet's best friend and he loves her! They are awesome trail buddies =D