Jump Academy #3

I have another very cool jump to show you. This combination was on the Preliminary course at Inavale HT in Philomath Oregon. And like the previous Jump Academy, this course is also designed by Tremaine Cooper. Inavale is reknowned for it’s forest and open meadow course, quite unique for our area. I personally find that this course is best suited for a bold horse who is not spooky. The trails through the forest can worry a cautious horse, who might already be tentative at some combinations.

Inavale PrelimFinally, I have remembered to take a photo while the flags are still up. This is clearly jump 5A & B, so early yet on the course. The horses have already galloped through meadow – forest – meadow on their way here, and at this point in the course they are now encountering bystanders and spectators for the first time. People line up along the treeline not only for shade, but also to watch the main field with the water jump. Here is the map of the Preliminary course so you can see the layout.

Fence 5A & B is a new creation as of this year, and I think its an absolutely beautiful jump! I love the look of the silos and the fact that they are nearly skinnies nestled amongst the trees.

Perpendicular approach.

I’ve taken two photos of this combination – one where I’m perpendicular to 5A, and another from an angle so you can better see 5B. Which would be your approach? The perpendicular photo is awfully confusing – a horse could not tell whether he is jumping into the tree, crashing into the bales of hay, or flattening the innocent bystanders. Clearly, the obvious answer is to jump 5A at an angle so the horse can lock his radar onto 5B. If I ever have an option to jump a line straight or with a bend in it… I will usually always jump straight. Not only is it faster, but you also have better control of the horse’s

Angle approach.
Angle approach.

shoulders and you can control what their eyes see. If the horse can see the job that you want him to do, then he has a much better chance of doing it well.

The only other comment I have to make on this combination is that some of the other courses had to gallop through this same gap. And they were the younger, less experienced crowd. My BN horse literally could not figure out how to get through this gap with all the visual commotion, but yet we had an Intro horse do it quite well.  Each horse has a different reaction to visual blocks and its up to the rider to protect the horse’s eyes from the visual distractions that could affect how it jumps.

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