The Deer Jump

by Delaney
(Kentucky)

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.

ILY Owen!!!!

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Mar 21, 2011
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Akoiya
by: Delaney

I would love to...What is the name of your story so i can find you easier?

Jan 19, 2011
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AWSOMENESS
by: AKOIYA

THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO BOND WITH UR HORSE

hey this is akoiya and i am just requesting you guys to go to my reply page. when you get there, read the comments comment back to them, ask me questions and i will look at your comments and reply back. its gonna be really fun so just look under training stories for it.

Dec 17, 2010
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Brooklyn
by: Delaney

Thank you! I will try and post some pics of him up here for you all to see! Thanks for reading!

Dec 13, 2010
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awesome!!!
by: brooklynn

wow!! that story is great. thanks for sharing it!!

Dec 12, 2010
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Bailey
by: Delaney

Yes I will have to. i have been pretty busy lately but next time I am on I will try. He is an amazing pony!

Nov 27, 2010
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Maybe a pic
by: Bailey

hey sounds like a great pony! maybe you could put a pic up of him?

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