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    07-14-2012, 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by ChipsAhoy    
Your horse is gorgeous! My lazy leopard appy would certainly stand out if I brought him to that barn haha.

LOL! Yep- so much for showing up to a dressage barn and just trying to 'blend in'... - I was a bit embarassed showing up for lessons and having all of these other obviously well schooled horses and riders doing their thing in the arena, too. But then when they cleared out so I could have my lesson, there were WAY too many people standing around watching just because it was another breed of horse other than what they were used to. So that was a bit nerve wracking!
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    07-14-2012, 06:19 PM
I was stuck in hunter/jumper mode when I first started Dressage lessons. I'm so used to having constant contact with my mount's sides that Classical Dressage was like "um...I'm going to fall off". Basically, no leg contact on the horse I'm still working on that too...
    07-14-2012, 06:25 PM
That's so funny because I spent years riding by the seat of my pants with no formal training at all. The one thing she was always hollering at me about was to keep my legs ON!

LOL! I always admired instructors who could work with a class of 5 students or more at a time and fix faults and critique each and every one of them because everyone ride so differently. I can't even keep up with my own hand/seat/leg coordination versus instructing and keeping up with a group of folks. Haha!
    07-14-2012, 06:55 PM
My BO's horses are very sensitive (example - you so much as tighten your abdominal muscles and they come to a dead halt, unless they're feeling particularly stubborn or you've been tense the entire ride). They key with these horses is loose, loose, LOOSE. She's always saying "jelly belly, jelly butt" lol. Complete and total relaxation on the rider's part means relaxation and better work on the horse's part.

I suppose it may also depend on if you're learning Classical SPANISH Dressage or Germanic Dressage. Germanic is more...go, go, go. PUSH the horse forward with your seat, etc. Spanish is softer, relaxed, basically melt into your horse and work with him. We ride the classical Spanish way. There's got to be some reason that we always win blues when we still get faults in our tests while the Germanic riders can do almost perfect tests and still score lower than us...
    07-14-2012, 07:37 PM
Ohh pics of your appy? Appaloosas are one of my fav breeds.. they're very intelligent and quirky
    07-14-2012, 10:47 PM
I've always ridden appy's and always will. :) He's very, very willing and talented...but I think the smart gene slipped by him.

With his buddies on a 100 degree day haha.

I update more pics of him in his journal as well Chippy's Progress Journal

Once he's sound I plan getting more regular lessons from someone that will also train him and start taking me to dressage shows in August...Hopefully he'll be better by then. I'd like to continue dressage lessons at the other barn, but It's too expensive, plus he's showing a lot of symptoms of lyme which is pricey medication.
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    07-14-2012, 10:56 PM
He's a cutey!

Yeah he'll get better. I know that "face" all too well. Sky used to be the same way with me :P
    07-14-2012, 11:03 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
He's a cutey!

Yeah he'll get better. I know that "face" all too well. Sky used to be the same way with me :P
Thanks! he actually wasn't making at me...just life haha. He's a very good boy and generally perks up and walks over to me when I come in the paddock...but I get the "face" from every other horse at my barn hehe.
    07-14-2012, 11:24 PM
Noo I mean the bit face. The "I'm not really sure what this is doing in my mouth yet" face.

Here's Sky's "face"

    07-14-2012, 11:27 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Noo I mean the bit face. The "I'm not really sure what this is doing in my mouth yet" face.

Here's Sky's "face"

Ooohh, haha yea bits don't really make sense to him yet...bitless isn't an option because of his sensitive skin though. He's never really...there... when you ride him, so half the time he doesn't even know you're telling him to do something. He's crashed into a fence because I forgot to ask him to turn on one corner. *facepalm*

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