Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Hey guys, thanks for the feedback!
Unfortunately no video available.. a cam is next on my list of things to get!
She sits on her haunches very well in the collected canter, and for such a big horse, the feeling is amazing!
I'm fairly experienced in the dressage saddle, so no heel is a given ;) I've just never taught a youngster, and rather than fluffing it up, I thought I'd ask for help.
Maura, our general practise is our warm up, we do more lengthening in a walk than a trot at the moment, especially across the diagonal. We always begin the 'extendeness' so to speak as soon as she's stragith after a corner, our 10m loop is normally at A, or C, and we mix it up a lot so she doesn't think whole school or diagonal is always go. The coiling spring sounds just about right though, that's the exact feel I have with her. I'm thinking, after riding last night, its more to do with my seat. Contact with her is very good, she has a lovely buttery mouth.
My only problem is, now I think its my seat, that I'm in a jumping saddle. If you see my profile, you'll see the state I bought her in four months ago, and I'm borrowing a saddle that fits as there is no point me buying my own just yet as she'll soon grow out of it.
Being a dressage rider, short stirrups are a pain, thigh cramp! Thanks for the help guys! Will keep on at it, and practising.... but main question is, when she does canter, do I bring her back to collection, or bring her back and then send her forwards off my legs and seat again??