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    04-07-2011, 07:31 PM
  #21
Foal
I've got loads ..... don't get me started! I would try to get a book on bio mechanics of the horse, I think it will help.
     
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    04-09-2011, 12:41 AM
  #22
Weanling
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?
     
    04-09-2011, 08:31 AM
  #23
Green Broke
Dr. Deb Bennet, look her up, many of her articles are available on-line and well worth reading!

I love her, she's one of my faves.
     
    04-09-2011, 04:59 PM
  #24
Foal
Paul Belasik "Dressage for the 21st century" I think you'll like it . Also, "twisted truths of modern dressage" Phillipe Karl is interesting. "Dressage formula" erik herbermann is a brilliant book, "athletic development of the dressage horse" Charles de kunffy is also brilliant. The book I have on bio mechanics is 'the horse's muscles in motion' Sara Wyche ( the illustrations aren't very exciting). It was the first book I came to on amazon. I would have a bit of a rummage around on amazon for Equine bio mechanics as there might be more interesting alternatives.
     
    04-18-2011, 07:57 PM
  #25
Foal
The narrow thing I had a problem with when I was starting to outgrow my pony! Reaching for their sides really ruins your leg position and so your whole centre of balance, I found these things I saw Monty Roberts use, and they really helped. I don't know what they are called, but they are like an extension of your boot... Not spurs as such, more like rounded rings that go round your heel... Almost like a spur mount but with no actual spur, just smooth metal... Somebody must know what they're called!
     

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