More jumping! Bali remembers how to jump!

My friend got our pictures up quick this week. 161 pictures to choose from! I can say that they prove I look like a drunken monkey over cross rails. My reins are usually too long…still, but that’s ok. I had fun, and we got great pictures on a lovely day. The horses had fun, and there were no unplanned dismounts.

I had not jumped Bali since September or so last year…or maybe August. She felt fantastic, forward and not a bit sucked back. We had no fill and it was a gymnastic, but still, she felt great!

This is going to be just Bali tonight. Since I rode her first. Opening with a pretty headshot, because I’m too lazy to figure out the menus on the right of the blog, so this portrait orientation should get most of the pictures below that menu.

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Since the point of the day was jumping, I opted for a more open frame, not so round/on the bit.
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You’d think I was using a steering wheel here…what AM I doing with my hands? This is not necessary to steer a horse…and we aren’t even jumping yet!
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First cross rail, not so awful.
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If I flap my elbows enough, the horse obviously is able to improve in performance (I could use some emoticons here)
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Maybe I can actually figure this out.
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Look! Bali’s ears up and I am all posed in reasonable form.
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I wish Bali would use her ears up face more often…she is a DQ pony, and that is her focused face. I think hunters are better at faking it with the ears up. Tanq is good at ears up!
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And to finish off with a Paddy shot!
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Tanq will have to be another post! This one is already a bit picture intensive.

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