Ruby is a gorgeous mare that I have had the privilege of working with over the last year. She was broke and trained western and so it’s been a learning curve for her to learn the new way we want her to go.
She tends to get excited about jumping which sometimes makes her tune out her rider. You won’t see too much of that in this video. By the time Maggi had her turn on Ruby,
it was toward the end of the clinic and Ruby was tired. In a good way though. She had sort of settled in.
They got off to a good start with a nice opening circle. Her canter looked balanced and she had plenty of motor as she headed to the first line.
She got a nice distance to both jumps in the first line and even and landed on the correct lead in the corner. I would like to have seen Maggi sitting up a little taller. Also sitting back and balancing in between the two jumps. I would have preferred her hands up a bit and if she moved her hands forward in more of a release as she was going over.
Bottom Corner By The Barn
This part they looked really nice and Maggi was obviously planning her ride across the diagonal to the next jump.
Jump On The Diagonal
I loved the nice soft ride Maggi gave Ruby to the jump on the diagonal. Her shoulders were still a bit forward and she could have more solidly had her weight in her feet. The jump was nice and from a good distance, Again, I would have liked to see her release more with her hands over the jump. That is one of the main things we have been talking about in lessons, so Maggi is aware she needs to work on this!
On the long canter down and around to the final line, Ruby broke to trot at the beginning of the long side. She got the canter back and they looked like they were speaking the same language.
The first jump in the line it looked like Maggi may have been looking down. She was pinched forward and her hands were down and it didn’t look like her hand’s release at all over that jump.
They got in a little deep to the second jump. Again, I would have liked to see Maggi sit up taller in between the jumps and stretch her weight down to her feet.
In between the jumps, her shoulders going forward caused her leg to slide back. I think if she just would have picked up her hands that would have improved her whole position and ride a lot.
They were a little short -strided to both jumps. Maggi could have helped by sitting up and keeping her leg on Ruby. Ruby is very green over fences though, so there is a good possibility that Maggi could have been perfect and Ruby may not have gotten the striding quite right.
They ended with a nice relaxed closing circle, it was a nice end to a very respectable round. Maggi was the only rider in the clinic who had not been on Ruby before. So, all things considered, I think they did great!