The Deer Jump
At the Stable I ride at I have always ridden a draft/paint cross named Marble. He is one of the most sweet horses you could ever meet, but last year we went to a show and at the trailer he got spooked and reared then trampled me. After that I was in U.K. for 8 days.
While I was there I met a cardiologist that liked horses too and we became good friends. Once I was recovered I began riding again and wanted a project. There was a pony named Owen whom my friend had been working with but stopped. I asked if I could ride him and make him my project and my amazing trainer said Yes! He already knew how to jump and everything and after a jumping lesson, I asked if I could end with the barrels and she once again said Yes! I Brought Owen up to the barrels and let him investigate them so he wouldn't do a nasty refusal. We went at them a couple of times before he jumped them good/properly and ended with that. I knew that the next day I would be going to my very last Dr. appointment and wanted to give the cardiologist a pic of me and the pony jumping the barrels.
I went up the next day to have the pic taken and Owen was perfect during the warm-up. We went up to the barrels after a good warm-up, and had a LOT of refusals. My trainer and I were getting fed up! She then told me "Make him jump those from a standstill if you have to!" I did as she said and wasn't expecting a very big jump so didn't get in a big jumping position. My dad and trainer told me that he probably jumped 5 feet in the air (the barrels are quite small) when he landed I landed hard on his back and he scooted forward into the corner. My trainer said that he usually will buck you off when he spooks and he didn't! I was so proud that he actually stopped for me! Ever since then Owen and I have had a great bond, even though we both have our bad days. I am still riding him and hope to not have to stop.