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post #1 of 6 Old 05-08-2010, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Very excited I am now working with a USDF Gold meadalist :)

Hey there everyone.

About 2 weeks ago the other Dressage trainer at my barn asked if I would be interested in working for her in exchange for some lessons.
So this week I started lounging horses and tacking up and grooming for her.
I am totally excited because today will be my first lesson with her.

My current instructor I will continue to work with as the two of them often share clients and discus training per the individual.

So today I hope to have some video taken but I cannot promise anything. Sometimes it is hard to explain to people to take a somewhat short clip so I don't have to edit and can just load the section of video.

I will do my best.

This is very exciting for me because as most of you know I was physically unable to ride 1 1/2 years ago and did not even think i would be able to ride this way again.

Yay for total progress....

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-08-2010, 11:28 AM
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Yay! That's awesome! Congratulations!

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-08-2010, 11:32 AM
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I am so excited for you, and CONGRATULATIONS!! I think this is an amazing opportunity for you, and what a great way to gain and obtain knowledge and experience......and this will open doors for you and your future goals!


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Hey everyone...
Well the lesson was absolutley wonderful. I did get video but Seana was not sitting near the camera so you cannot hear her instructions...

So....I had previously had some trouble getting the correct canter lead on Bear especially tracking left. Seana really wanted to see if she could help me with this issue.

She got on and schooled Bear first to see what he is like. (she has never ridden him. Then she came to the mounting block and explained what she felt was going on with his body and how i needed to ride him to get the correct lead. The way she explained things totally made sense! and....Wall-ahhhhhhhhh I got the correct leads both directions.

She also noticed something going on with the position of my hips and she explained how my left hip was just a tad more forward all the time...thus pushing Bears shoulder out (tracking left) and his haunches in. She explained how to correct this funny body position I was having and low and behold I had a light bulb moment.

Another thing we did that I have not previously done with my other instructor was a type of stretchy trot where I can really allow Bear to stretch his neck and head way down. I loved it....It was totally awesome.

Seana explained how she felt both myself and my other instructo have done a wonderful job with this Haffie. Especially considering what he was like in the begining. He was taught to canter and gallop with his his head reaching down and very very fast...barreling through anything and everything.
She commented on how good he felt and how on the mark he seems to be with everything we have worked on. He is a lesson horse, but his owner has given me permission to ride him anytime. I have been his primary rider since the end of Dec. with my other instructor only getting on him every once in a while not on a regular basis.

here is a piece of video from our lesson. I will try to up load a different one later...
Dressage Lesson with Seana! video by Steener_421 - Photobucket

Not sure if I would feel comfortable doing so but I was told I should have no problem being able to doing training level test 1 and 2 in the June 12th 13th show, but right now I am planning on Intro a and b.

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YAY Christine!

I LOVE the fact that your now new Coach gets on your mount to help you out! My Coach does as well, so that she can feel how Nelson moves and find his buttons to better help me accomplish the tasks at hand.

I am so glad she was able to shed light onto the situation, so that you and that Cutie Patootie Bear can progress forward together!

I just ADORE that Halfie!!! EEEK, he is SO CUTE!!!

Congrats on the progression to Training Level! WOOT WOOT!

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-09-2010, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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OMG...he is a
I swear he will never be beautiful but he is a total cutie! :)

Sometimes my other instructor gets on the persons mount but not always is it necessary. Seana who I had a lesson with yesterday has never been on him so it certainly needed doing..hehe

The entire experience was so much fun. I am not quite confident with doing training level test 1 and 2 but I still have a month to get it down.
I just glanced at training level test 1 and 2 this morning.

I am hoping in my lesson this morning I will be able to run through Training level test 1 in the dressage court...haha...before the wind and weather loom upon us again.

Might try for another video but we will see.
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