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    01-08-2010, 09:22 PM
The bits i've tryed are three sweet irons a thin lose ring a medim eggbut and a french snaffle all in sweet iron a normal french link a thick eggbut and a small tom tumb all have been fine but she likes the normal french link best I have pretty soft hand I've turned a really hard mouthed horse in to a great little pony but Crystal mare i'm talking about is very flight she's had no bad expericences she been in my family since she was born 6 and half year ago.

I could do with a lot of improving and so could she but we're pretty good I don't to use any thing that will hold her head down I won't even use a martingle the only reason I trained her to the bit was for pony club.
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    01-09-2010, 08:16 PM
Ok I in that pic im doing alot of things wrong The first thing is I picked the wrong picture because A. It was her first day ever at a pony club or any horse event sencond I was turning her and third she was a bit scared of the ball.

I've been watching my self normaly my elbows stay at my sides my big problem with her is that she has such bouncey gaits and I have alot of trouble keeping my hand down and soft but think i'm doing ok.

I won't even consider a tie down martigale or even a tight breast plate so that's out of the question but my saddles not great for dressage or anything like that so I might try and look at buying an alperpose saddle or even a dressage that fits her because no mater what you do with horses you always need flat and ground work right?

I'm thinking of going to a dressage training camp would that help because living in australia childers a small country town even the pony club does more pollocrosse than anything.

Thanks for your help and advice
    01-09-2010, 11:25 PM
I don't see any need for tie-down, martingale, etc. Relaxation and acceptance of tack and aids seems to be the main issue, and the only equipment that should be needed to fix/facilitate that is a good fitting saddle (of any variety/style, as long as it fits both of you) and a well adjusted snaffle bridle.

I think that the dressage camp would be an excellent idea. You can get much better help on site and in person than you can ever get online. Even polocrosse horses can benefit from dressage.

Good luck!
    01-10-2010, 11:52 AM
Hey that sounds like a great Idea!!! If you have someone who can video your camp sessions for you, that always seems to help out too.
Even if you don't get to the camp having some lessons from a good instructor may be bennificial as well.
Keep us posted on your progress...
    01-10-2010, 08:42 PM
Yes well I'll try to find I might take a friend she wants to do dressage too lol By the way I'm looking at buy this horse for my sister he has got a soft mouth smooth gaits he needs mussle in his neck and a bit of fat but other wise a get horse what do you think he'd be good in dressage too
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    01-11-2010, 07:11 PM
Do you think he looks fine?
    01-11-2010, 08:23 PM
He looks like a nice enough horse, but it's hard to judge aptitude for anything specific without confo pics (at least it is for me... ). Anyway, any sound and sane horse is capable of and can benefit from good dressage work, at least at the lower levels, where the difficulty of the maneuvers has little bearing on conformational perfection.
    01-11-2010, 11:44 PM
He's got a fine comfo I checked him out lol but I see if I can find some pic he not doing show he is a bit ugly but he'll be fine for pc and trail riding
His comfo is fine for what we want to do with him he needs to get fatter and more topline and musle but other wise he's a good horse
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