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Date:4/19/2014 3:08:20 AM
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Mini Jumps

And yes they do! A miniature horse can jump proportionally a lot higher for his size than can the average large horse. Pippin is 31" tall and can jump 36" with no problem. I haven't worked with him enough to see what is his limit but I'm sure he can go higher. And his eyes light up when he knows we're going to jump. I say "jump" and his ears prick up and he looks around to see what we're going to jump. And generally it is indeed "we", because I usually go over the jump too.

Since today's fact is indeed quite mini, I thought I'd share my latest of Prince's jumping experience. I've been working with him over small jumps and he enjoyed it but something must have just made him fed up with the whole thing because we got to the stage where he would refuse every time. On the rare occasion that we would go over, he would first stop and then he'd suddenly pop over leaving me in all but the right position which would cause me to come down in the saddle with a thud and therefore reinforce his dislike of jumping.

So, I decided to start from scratch with ground poles and after barely making it over those we had a brainwave. He and Eddie hate to be separated so my sister trotted Eddie next to and past the jump (Eddie's not afraid of jumps at all. He barges right through them given the chance!) and Prince ran next to him and over the jump. It worked like a charm! It even works if Eddie just walks next to the jump. Prince hasn't refused once with this method and because there are no sudden stops leading to a coon jump* I can be in the right position and reinforce that jumping is fun!

Today's video features a conversation between Eddie and Prince: An Argument Between Friends

http://w ww.horse channel.co m/hor se-vide os/wat ch-vide o-51 DDB8742 2EF38 86C364 C1D2B 99D 5EC.aspx

(Boy, HC video links are long! Don't forget to remove the spaces!)

Wishing everyone a great weekend and leaving a vote.

* Coon jumping is jumping from a standstill.

P.S. Sorry I can't answer your personal questions. I want to remain anonymous.

P.P.S. Thanks for stopping by Prince's page too. I'm glad you like his photos.
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