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post #1 of 9 Old 02-04-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Any good leg stretching exercises

I've realized that my Bailey's legs are a little too short and need to stretch them for dressage. Does anyone have any suggestions to make them longer?



Actually, I hope everyone knows that is a joke but I am wondering...

How tall is the horse you ride for dressage? Bailey is almost 14.3.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-04-2012, 08:48 PM
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Hahaha you scared me there for a minute..... bahahahaha I ride a 15.3 in dressage

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-05-2012, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm a little bummed. I wish she were even two inches taller. I'm trying to come to terms with our dressage limitations and accept that we will probably won't be climbing the heights of the dressage world.

I am considering renaming her "Popcorn" because of her quick little steps and bouncey canter.

I know this is a strange question, but has anyone else ever gone through the struggle of accepting you or your horses limitations?
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BJ, my qh is honest 14'3 long sausage on 4 short legs. I was told by several trainers we are not going to make it to the shows because of her confo and my abilities as a rider.

We went through Intro level last Summer to the Training level in Fall. She gets compliments (and ribbons) on almost every show we go to despite her (clearly non-dressagy) confo. May not sound like a lot, but she made a very long way from what she was to what she is, and I'm very proud of her (and very thankful to my trainer who helped both of us to get where we are).

As long as your horse has a heart for something she'll try her best to please you (well, most of the time ). And in the end it's not about the ribbons (at least for me), but to get your horse to move better, be more responsive, etc.

BTW, I DO know the limitations of my horse, and don't hold my breath we go any high in levels, but still we were told we can't even make a decent Intro.

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17hh but we're just starting. I used to ride a little Halfie that was 12hh and she was something!

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Thanks Val. Appreciate the feedback. And we're just starting too Skye. Maybe I'm expecting too much, too soon.

Plus I think I'm suffering from bad ride hangover from Friday. And with all the snow in the Midwest, (all of a sudden winter decided to show up) haven't been able to get to the barn to get that last ride out of my system.
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It's good to take it slow.. especially since the higher the level in dressage, the more intense for your horse.

You'll rock it though! Bigger isn't better, it's the individual horse

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Thanks Val. Appreciate the feedback. And we're just starting too Skye. Maybe I'm expecting too much, too soon.
Just to add (since you said you just started). Expect her trot and canter to change dramatically as she progresses BUT it takes time. Part of the reason she'll have to build all those muscles. Also if she's longer built she's a bigger challenge to connect the back to the front than the shorter/more compact horse. So don't be impatient, it'll all come with time!
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Thanks guys. Was able to get to the barn today and had a much better ride today. We actually had no extra steps in our canter transitions!

I have to remember too that she is only five. And to sometimes quit the ride when I'm ahead! I'm learning that the timing on when to end a ride can really be the difference between a good ride and a bad ride.
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