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    10-01-2012, 09:06 AM
Flat work pics (what do you think )

These pictures are from yesterday, when riding in the arena. I have been working on doing leg yields, turn on the forehand and flying changes. I have only done 4 flying changes when doing a figure of eight and asking on purpose, I can't get a proper leg yield yet and I can't cant do a full turn on the fore hand properly but it is a start and the whole time when I ride I work on extending and shortening strides I'm not saying that I am a great rider I'm just saying that I am trying to work on lateral work and the paces and im REALLY trying my best, as I was taught how to do perform these moves in group lessons and I know the aids. I am hoping to have another lesson with my horse soon (private) , but might have just a group lesson this week at my local riding school.
Slip has taught me so much, and I am in aw in how it feels to be learning so much from this horse, who hasn't got a perfect education but we are working together
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    10-06-2012, 10:57 PM
These are some really nice piccs :) Youur horse looks rather happy and relaxed with his movements and I can see some nice extension in his movement! Loverly :)
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    10-07-2012, 06:34 PM
I was just googling information about proper headset and engagement of the hindend, and comparing the diagrams to your horse.. he looks great!
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    10-07-2012, 11:57 PM
Thanks I try to use pressure and release with my reins more than just having tense hands all the time, usually when doing flatwork I have more quieter hands. Some times he puts his head as he would like and that's when I notice he truly is collecting himself* when he is relaxed and im not forcing him to flex his pole ... im glad we both look good 2 gether.
    10-08-2012, 12:16 AM
Yes, I've always been taught that consistent hands will eventually result in a consistent head set. It's worked wonders for my new mare just having me keep my hands completely still in the proper position.
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    10-08-2012, 12:25 AM
Looks pretty good! I'm on my phone so zooming into the picture makes it a little blurry. I am seeing puppy paws and perching though, and I think you could drop your stirrups a hole or two and get your heels underneath you more. So get your thumbs up top and work on lining up your heel, hip, shoulder and ear. I'd love to see a video, everyone will be able to critique better.
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    10-08-2012, 07:27 AM
I have been lowering my stirrups one hole at a time lol ! I Im still only down from 1* hole .. but Im getting there
Here is the Link to my you tube page all these horse videos will come up and there are some vids on flat work:

A Regular Australian - YouTube

Today I noticed I didn't have thumbs on top while riding and I was looking down all the time so I practised looking up and thumbs on top not including all the other stuff I was working on tired day !!!
    10-08-2012, 07:30 AM
I have tried doing this (keeping hands in same place) but my reins kept slipping, and now my horse Slip has learnt to lean against the bit because he knows the reins will slip through. Im going to have to wear gloves and put a sticker on the reins to know where to always keep my hands unless stretching exercises and ect if I take up reining lol not* id love to though.
    10-08-2012, 10:35 AM
You don't want to use stickers, as you need to be able to have the reins at length accordingly.

Make sure you have your ring finger 'closed'. You want an elastic, consistent contact but able to know when to give the rein at the correct time, and when to take.

IF he leans against the rein, give the rein slightly fore and use leg pressure to send him forwards. He will only lean if he has something to lean against. Don't try and fight him, he will win and learn to use his head an neck as a fifth leg.

A lot of transitions will also make him lighter on the front, and come more from behind- this will also help with any leaning!

So far he looks pretty good though.

Try and nip your elbows in to keep yourself from falling forwards in the saddle, and working without stirrups will greatly improve a longer leg- but take the stirrups off completely. If you have the opportunity, get someone to lunge you without stirrups and hold onto a jesus handle so yuo can work on your seat independently without pulling on his mouth to keep yourself in the saddle! Its a great work out for core muscles!
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    10-08-2012, 05:42 PM
I agree with Duffy completely about how to handle him leaning into your hands. Let him fall on his face, send him forward, and gather him back up. Lather, rinse, repeat. I also find that trot transitions [w/t/w] are the best for getting him to rock back and get off his forehand. The trot is where you will accomplish the most no matter where or what your problem is.

Also, as far as you letting go of your reins, remember that soft hands doesn't mean loose hands! Make a firm fist, but allow your elbows to be soft and move. He should not be able to yank the reins out of your hands!

Keep trying to keep your thumbs up top! If it helps, think of it like holding an ice cream cone. You don not want to spill all your ice cream on your horse's neck! And consciously bring your shoulders back and sit on your butt bone, not your pubic bone. You will feel like you are leaning too far back, but you are probably still too far forward. Good luck!
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