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        06-26-2012, 02:51 PM
      #101
    Weanling
    Kayty I'm so glad for you and your newest addition! You seem so happy and he looks great!


    Faye - So sorry about Reeco. Any further updates? I'm guessing he is just hanging out?...

    My riding is far less exciting! My mare has been doing great but it has been very slow and steady and unexciting (to everyone but me =) .) I have worked for a loooong time to get her relaxed which has finally happened and now we have some rhythm and swing - yay! My other rides are going well also. Been focusing on my balance issues a lot which has gotten WAY better but still has room for improvement and I've been working very hard on my collected canter work.
         
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        06-26-2012, 03:58 PM
      #102
    Green Broke
    No real update on Reeco, he is chilled in his stable (2nd night of box rest he did demolish half his stable but we got that sorted) and whilst i'm supposed to be getting weight off him Reeco seems to have other ideas!

    In other Faye related news, new pony arrives in 3 weeks time. This one called Jeffrey. He is not the normal type I go for (no one is ever going to say wow when they look at him) but he is on schooling loan (i.e owner pays his bills, I do some schooling on him) and is a real sweetheart.
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        06-26-2012, 07:53 PM
      #103
    Trained
    Oh new pony Faye, you'll have to pop up some photos - will be nice for you to stay in the saddle while Reeco is TEMPERARILY out of action :)

    My boys are getting a big break in the paddock, it has been raining constantly for the last 2 weeks and my arena is like an ice rink - there are ducks swimming on it :/
         
        06-26-2012, 09:40 PM
      #104
    Yearling
    Kitty and I had a lesson yesterday and it was AWESOME! I've decided to show her in all of the Trianing tests and just try one First Level test. Just have to work on getting our downward transitions smoother and build up her muscles to hold the lengthens better.
         
        06-27-2012, 02:42 AM
      #105
    Green Broke
    Kayty introduction to Jeffrey is here:
    Introducing my new pony
         
        06-27-2012, 04:40 PM
      #106
    Foal
    Well, I was planning on showing second level, schooling third, with my younger horse...until he goofed off in the field and messed his hock up. Was lame for full 6 weeks, got better, then the field thing happened. It really doesn't help that he's a massive 17.3 hands (maybe 18..) so his gigantic hock seems to want to take it's sweet time healing. SO show season has been shot on him so far and he's turned into a pasture puff. The training setback has messed up my plans for showing next year. All in due time I suppose!!

    So, I've picked up my second level champ from a number of years ago. He went lame and spent 3 years just kicking about, so I figured I'd see if he had become sound. So far so good! I might take him to a couple local schooling shows if time permits.

    In about a month I'll be trying my hand at the FEI Young Riders on my coach's horse. Her and her husband have graciously lent him to me for this show and possibly part time next show season for my last year in young riders (we've been chatting about maybe trying to qualify for the NAJYRC I think - a chance of a lifetime I will forever be thankful for).

    Overall - not what was planned, but working out for the better I suppose!
         
        06-29-2012, 09:13 AM
      #107
    Foal
    I am just starting to train my beautifull quater horse for dressage soo we are working on a bit of everything.. but at the moment our focus in on collecting and transitions :) She is going well considering the short amount of time that we have been training!!
         
        07-01-2012, 07:49 PM
      #108
    Foal
    Currently, I'm back to square one with my horse because he needs to go barefoot for about a month which makes him EXTREMELY unbalanced.

    He also recently started taking off to the middle of the arena in order to avoid work, but that'll be under control soon. I guess those things just happen when training a green horse on your own.

    For myself, I'm working on sitting back more during his deadly canter transitions and keeping my toes in.
         
        07-02-2012, 06:39 PM
      #109
    Foal
    I just got my new mare on Tuesday, and we've been working a lot on groundwork (she has very little respect for your personal space). Under saddle, lots of transitions and getting her to listen to my leg a little better.

    Went to a clinic on Saturday though that was WONDERFUL. Gave me lots to work on, both with my position and my horse.
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        07-22-2012, 10:25 PM
      #110
    Trained
    I've started bringing Spighi back into work after his month of holidays. He's been lunged in the Pessoa on it's longest setting, allowing him to stretch forward and down, for the last week, with a few short rides in between on the buckle in walk, trot and canter.
    This morning I felt that he was strong enough again to carry a little more behind, so bought him back up into a shorter frame for a short period of time in trot. I had a bit of a light bulb moment in these few minutes. I think, previously I have been allowing the hand too much, so he takes the rein from me and ends up burying himself on his front legs. Once he's done that, I really struggle to get him back again.
    So today, I demanded from the first step that he stay up, in front of my leg, and NOT take the rein from me. I've always been a bit nervous to hold the rein in fear of getting into a pulling match with him. But this morning I glued my elbows to my waist, got on my seatbones and kept my upper body rock solid. He wanted to come against the hand in the first instance, but soon the jaw and poll had relaxed, tension in the neck was gone and I was able to move him wherever I wanted. Had some lovely steps of shoulder in on both reins, and good quality 10m circles with no loss of balance or rhythm through rein changes.
    Also got a really good feel of half halts on him. On every horse I really do believe that you need to adopt a particular method of giving a half halt. With Spighi the methods I've tried so far have been a little hit and miss, they just don't come all the way through like I would like them to.
    This morning I rode the half halt in trot, like I was going to piaffe him. Upper body solid, keeping the energy of the hind legs and essentially 'folding' the horse together. Well did that work or did that work! Straight away, half half came through, croup lowered, hind legs became more active, and the jaw softened immediately.
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