Well miss honey and I havent actually started officially dressage yet....but what we are doing on our own at the moment is working on using her hindquarters so she's not so strung out! A few days ago when we were working she really did fantastic!
Bonus of buying a youngster, is I get to make him mine. On the other side, the people who started him off missed a few things in his education.. but he is halting on command without walking in and looking at me all puppy eyed.
Working on riding off legs and seat, keeping everything forwards, dropping his head and 'following' the inside rein.
Oh.And balance. His middle circle is like riding a soggy noodle.
Had a quick play with jeffrey yesterday to see what buttons we had and what we didnt.
He has a suprising amount of buttons for a young horse and whilst he is massivly unfit he is very willing.
Someone has done a beautiful job of starting jeffrey correctly.
I have an 8 year old Arab gelding who can carry himself beautifully, but sometimes leans into my hands (I think it's partly my seat and partly that the can get a little lazy). As a result, I am working on improving my seat and leg aids to push him up from behind and lifting in the front. We have also been doing lots of transitions and work without stirrups to help both of us get a better feel of and response to the seat aids. Does anyone have any other good exercises to improve seat aids and lighten the horse in your hands?
Currently, I am not competing or riding with a coach, but hope to again at some point soon. For now, we are simply working on the basics.
What a fantastic ride yesterday! Lots of canter work, particular emphasis on walk-canter-walk. I really drilled having him carry himself, rather than always wanting me to hold him up. So a few strides of walk down the long side, then pick up canter and straight onto a 10m circle with no reins, and back to walk as soon as we hit the long side again, get the quality of the walk back, and up to canter, 10m circle etc.
10m canter circle figure of 8's with a simple change in the centre.
At the end of the ride (kept very short with lots of walk breaks), he was sitting beautifully over his haunches in canter, and staying balanced in both the upwards and downwards transitions. For the first time in canter, I felt that instead of having to hold him up, I could ride the hind end with my seat, and simply move the jaw and poll to the inside or the outside as I so desired.
Competing this coming weekend, have just entered two prelims as he's quite unfit. Hoping to get good enough scores to use as quallies for the Spring Dressage Champs coming up at the end of October. My goal is to be in the top 6 in the preliminary classes for Springs, then start competing elementary for 2013.