04-09-2011, 12:41 AM
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Could you suggest some bio-mechanics books for me? I'm also interested in any dressage book-any good dressage book; or ground training book. I don't want the normal "e.g. Lunging triangle" thing, I want something more in depth(both ground training and dressage books). I honestly think people don't do enough ground work with their horses anymore, everyone just gets on and rides.
Update on coach...not working. So yesterday I had a lesson. My horse was very well-behaved. He's usually a lot more tense when I start riding him, especially now since I can't ride very often. Everything is coming back to me-from my one good instructor.
So I'll try to keep this short, but this was my lesson and my thoughts: The whole lesson was on a 20m circle(pretty much all lessons are). Please also let me say that I am getting used to my horse again and he is getting used to me after a really bad horse trainer. When I ride, I really don't just focus and care about my horse being round, that comes after. That's not my objective, that's the result of my objective=forward, balanced, supple horse. My horse is extremely bendy so I need a strong connection and balance before I can do anything. What I wanted to do was get my horse swinging and reaching his strides with impulsion while being balanced and responsive. I wanted him stretching forward into the bit and extending his neck and back muscles. I started off by myself and then the lesson started a little later. My trainer allowed me to do that for a little bit too. Soooo...then we really started the lesson(semi-private). I was trotting the 20m circle and really trying to get my horse balanced(he was unusually unbalanced and disconnected with me). So I worked on getting him bent and balanced through his entire body. When he is unbalanced his alienish worm neck contorts in three directions which I have to straighten with my seat-impulsion and rein contact held wide and low. I got him pretty balanced and then my instructor started just saying "bend him", "make him round", "inside rein, inside leg". At that point, he wasn't ready for that. I really build up everything-balance, straightness, impulsion, softness, -until I feel he is ready to go round. The reason is because of a previous trainer. His head was constantly tied down and they were a very spur happy, heavy handed rider. The result: my horse waaaay behind the vertical. I do not want that. When he is ready to go round, when I feel he is ready, he's pretty much already round because it comes from my seat and riding, and his balance, softness and impulsion. All I need to do sometimes is slightly flex his poll with s light squeeze on my inside rein-with impulsion from my outside heel and inside calf. My trainer really seems to not know the importance of impulsion. If I listened to them, my horse would be on his forehand, behind the vertical and behind my leg. His neck would also be immensely warped and disconnected from his body. I got unbelievably frustrated during the lesson so I just tuned out my instructor and did my own thing-well guess what, ten minutes later my horse was round and balanced. Please tell me where I should look when riding. I've been taught to look straight ahead, in the direction I am going, with my head and neck tall-which extends my spine. Well my new trainer tells me to look at my horse's ear's and neck and that dressage is all about the head and neck. I don't agree with either. 1)It feels better when I look ahead, please tell me what is correct...I am confused. 2)Curved necks and horses way behind the vertical are not pretty in my eyes. The head and neck come as a result of softness, balance and impulsion. Am I wrong?