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    02-15-2010, 08:46 PM
I haven't read the other replies, and don't have time this second to go into detail, but the two things that jumped out at me the most were that your hands need to be above the withers, and your horse was bent to the outside. You need to use the outside rein to help your horse flex to the inside. "Inside leg, outside rein" - you have to connect your horse into the rein rather than putt the head around. It will explain it better in the books that you read.
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    02-15-2010, 08:54 PM
I was the same - I haven't had lessons in 10 years and don't have a trainer. I learn as much as I can from watching and asking questions.

The problem is - Teaching you to teach your horse to 'move correctly' is something you just can't do over the internet. 'moving correctly' is a huge concept involving many different things. You really need visual help - Videos can be great, but really, nothign can beat someone watching you and suggesting things. Doesn't have to be a 'trainer' - It can be anyone with a bit of knowledge. Ask questions at your barn, go to shows and watch what the riders do, ask judges what they look for, etc.
    02-15-2010, 08:59 PM
Sounds like a plan. I'll definitely talk to my instructor- she used to show dressage big time- but as far as going to shows and talking to judges and such, I'll a bit SOL. I can't drive yet and my parents don't put my riding at top priority, or even low priority. I suppose I could talk to my instructor and she if she'll be going to any shows soon, but I don't think she does either.
    02-15-2010, 09:03 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
Actually I understand.

I had to teach a 2 1/2 year old half arab to do dressage on my own with NO instruction other than 1 book that took me 2 years to understand. There were no message boards then nor DVDs.

Counterflexion is when the horse is bent opposite to the direction it is going. This results in a crooked horse and crookedness is the hardest thing to correct. Your horse is young and easily corrected but YOU must be able to do it.
Ahah. Sorry I kinda blew up on you. I got defensive:) (this quote has nothing to do with my comment but w.e! )
    02-21-2010, 07:39 PM
Hmm, she needs to use the base of her neck more, so lift your hands slightly and 'pick her up' with your seat and thighs.

She is bending to the outside so add inside leg and, if needed, more inside rein. (remember, insider leg and rein INTO the outside contact, so, in other words don't loose your outside contact.

Excersises would be lots of circles (big and small) to help get the inside bend and swirling (big circle spiralling into a small circle then back out again)

For me, thinking that my horse has a frame around her, like a box, and keeping her in that imagenary frame I created helps alot.

Sally Swift and her book Centered Riding is very good too.
Hope this helps.

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