3 Dressage Issues and an Idea of Sorts
Hello! I currently have 3 issues in dressage I'm atteming to work on, and an idea gathering (for lack of better words) too.
What are other monthly riding ideas? I know there is "No Stirrup November", but what else is there?
1. Getting the Proper Frame- I would really like to improve my riding beyond where I am and I'm kinda stuck. We're working on dressage (my trainer doesn't train jumping correctly, and that's what both my horse and I love, but dressage is a close second) and I'm not sure what to do. I'm working on collecting him and getting him forward into the bit, while staying to my outside aids as well. He does, however sad to say it, look like a mule sometimes! He works well for about 6-7 strides, then he pops his nose in the air and brings it back down. Its like a wave. He seems to only do this on the straight wall (60m), but not on the short wall (20m) or any circles. I'm not changing my aids either.
2. Tracking Left, Nose Is Right- Whenever we track left, Chevy insists on needing his inside rein shorter than the outside, to keep him straight. It kills my arm after just 10 minutes because I'm always fighting him. There is close to no contact in the outside rein and no matter how hard I push with the inside leg, I have to contort my inside rein into some weird shape to get him to bend. A) I shouldn't be having my hand in that weird position and B) It hurts after a few minutes because my wrist pops out of socket!
3. Crazy Legs- I can NOT for the life of me, get my legs to stay still. I used to have legs that barely moved, and in recent months, I've noticed that their moving more and more. Im not sure why either! Whenever I try "melting into my heels" I look like a rag doll getting flung about. Besides that, my trainer(retired pro circuit rider) and friends(one of which is an AMAZING rider and who's mom was in the pro circuit) have all commented how perfect my position is. My back is straight as a board and my hands are still and soft. I don't know what do do! Help please.
Sorry for such a long post- I didn't want to have 3-4 different posts going. Thanks everyone! Any little tid-bit of advice is appreciated.