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    07-24-2011, 10:17 PM
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Yearling
Dressage Clinic! (and Photos)

My barn hosted a dressage clinic this weekend. I rode Thumper in the clinic on Saturday, and he was so fantastic. He has been improving in leaps and bounds recently, and I'm so so happy with that. He had his little temper tantrums, but they're so cute you can't help but laugh and push him through it! The clinician thought he has the potential to be shown to 4th level at least, which definitely put a grin on my face! I've just had so many people telling me that he's not good enough, or that I'm not capable of it, etc. that it was great to have a professional tell me he has talent. She was so sweet and told me to never let anyone tell me that I can't do it, or that he can't do it (unless it's a safety/health issue :P), which was something I truly needed right now. I've just been feeling disappointed in my riding recently, and it really inspired me to keep pushing. Please no critique on the photos, he's a work in progress ;).

Sitting trot. His trot work was one of the most dramatic differences! He's really starting to gain impulsion.

We worked on shoulders-in and haunches-in at the canter. Because he is so protective of his mouth, I was given tools to help him realize that he won't get hurt when he feels me specifically on him. He's just so worried that he'll be yanked on. His reward for being good is a nice lengthened canter in two-point.

überstreichen. As the clinician put it, it was a bit of an unconventional method, but did wonders for his trot work. He immediately softened through his back and gained impulsion.


One of his temper tantrums. He wasn't so sure about all this new work!

Trot work on a serpentine, I think (if I'm remembering correctly!).

Just thought I'd share, he was such a good boy!
     
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    07-24-2011, 10:27 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Looking great! I love the look of your boy!! Very handsome! I tottally know what you mean by needing some good feedback, I think clinics are really one of the best ways to work with a trainer, gives you time to really work on th HW from the lesson/s and then come back and have the trainer say Oh wow, that's great now we can push more and work on this...

Hope to see more of you and your boy! :)
     
    07-24-2011, 10:51 PM
  #3
Trained
He is so nice looking :)
     
    07-24-2011, 10:56 PM
  #4
Yearling
Thanks, both of you! Klassic, I completely agree- it's nice to have someone who isn't your regular trainer to check in and give you tools to work through issues. You can never have too many opinions or suggestions!
     
    07-25-2011, 03:54 PM
  #5
Foal
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überstreichen. As the clinician put it, it was a bit of an unconventional method, but did wonders for his trot work.

Nothing unconventional about that at all, in fact it's in the tests through 2nd level. Things to remember when practicing stretchy circles is to keep your position upright and allow the inside hind leg to reach up and through. You can practice this in canter as well, and I often do with my own TB.
     
    07-26-2011, 01:22 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by equinesalways    

Nothing unconventional about that at all, in fact it's in the tests through 2nd level. Things to remember when practicing stretchy circles is to keep your position upright and allow the inside hind leg to reach up and through. You can practice this in canter as well, and I often do with my own TB.
Stretch circles and uberstreichen are not the same.
Stretch circles are only in training and first. Uberstreichen, where the reins are released in collection and the frame does not change, is shown in third level.

In both, the riders body position does not change.
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    07-28-2011, 05:28 PM
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Yearling
Thank you for the comments. What she wanted was I suppose a modified version. Thumper has a tendency to get tight through his back, so she had me riding in two-point so he didn't feel like he was restricted through his back and could come through. Ideally this won't be necessary, and that is, of course, the goal :).
     

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