At the Ludington show, they had a jumping class for Morgans. There were only 2 entries, and I missed the first. Next summer I want to go to a hunter show so I can practice taking pics of the jumping.
Yesterday's lesson was really fun! Before I got on, M had me walk Blondie around the two jumps that were set up in the middle of the arena. The previous lesson was a jumping lesson with Jimmy. I walked Blondie up to the jumps and let her sniff them and check them out. She was very skittish, and highly suspicious of them. I tried to reassure her that they wouldn't just leap up and eat her, but I don't think she believed me.
Then M dragged one ground pole and set it in the middle of the arena. While she dismantled the rest of the jumps, she had me walk Blondie over the pole, making sure to let her inspect it when she stepped over it. Blondie wasn't at all sure about walking over that scary white thing in the beginning, but after a few times, she hardly paid it any attention.
Before I hopped on, I asked M to point out Blondie's conformation faults. To me, she is perfectly arranged, so I wanted to know how she compared to others of her breed. M pointed out that the angles of her shoulders are a little too straight, and that her neck is short and too thick. Her eyes are slightly small. However, she has a nice set of hocks. If her front-end was a nice as her back-end, she'd be a really nice horse. With a shorter neck, she can't crank back her head as easily, and her shoulder angles makes it harder for her to trot over level. Some of the things they didn't like about her motion when she first arrived have been fixed by D changing the way she is shoed. M then mentioned that she would make a nice brood mare. Since I'm not ready to be a grandma, she'll just have to keep her day job, which is basically being at my beck and call.
When I got on, M had me trot around, and then take Blondie down the middle over the ring, over the ground pole. At first I let her duck out away from it, but the second time around she hopped over it. We did that a few times, until she wasn't so skittish about going over it. M said that if we can get her used to the ground poles, there are some balance exercises we can work on with them.
Then we went on to the rail work. Blondie was being a total spaz. She kept spooking at the end of the arena, where the light comes in from under the door. After almost two years of being exposed to the same thing, she's still scared to death of it! It was really hard getting her to canter by the door, and we were both hot and tired by the end of the lesson.