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        08-31-2012, 09:01 AM
      #131
    Green Broke
    Rode jeff today, working on getting his arse under him, lots and lots of transitions and some bending and even popped a little bit of jumping in.

    Jeff is wonderful! I havent jumped since I had a bad accident jumping 10 years ago, I freely admit I can't see a stride to save my life, but jeff did it all for me!!
         
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        08-31-2012, 09:10 AM
      #132
    Yearling
    I'm reading Charles DeKnuffy - Training Strategies for Dressage Riders. It's a worthwhile read. The author talks about how riders start out "yelling" at their horses through their aids and that as we become better riders (and partners withnour horses) and our training progresses, we eventually communicate in a subtle soft "whisper".
    The other day, I worked on transitions by doing an exercise where I walked 15 steps, then trot 15 steps; canter 15 steps, trot 15 steps then walk again. I focussed on using my seat and legs and only whispering with my hands to get quality transitions at the exact moment I wanted them. It took me a while, but I think we are finally getting it. The exercise really helped me to focus on riding with a more independent seat and quieter hands. I'm not exactly whispering to my horse yet, but I certainly felt like I wasn't yelling nearly so loud. Likewise, I began to feel my horse softening and lightening under me. It seems he joined me in a much quieter conversation. For me, moments like those are magical.
         
        09-02-2012, 02:52 AM
      #133
    Yearling
    Our first show is on Saturday!!!!! Went and bought some new show clothes last week and brought all of my tack home to clean. I ended up caving and bought a pikeur show jacket but it's so comfortable!
         
        09-02-2012, 08:13 AM
      #134
    Weanling
    Took Zoey out to jump club today, I was expecting her to be jumpy and not happy but what do you know?! I did five jump rounds (just cross bar and 50cm) all clear and no refuses! So proud! I plan on upping the jumps to about 80cm at home, just to make her really have a look. But in the arena we are still working on balance and getting her to collect. Got any ideas guys?
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        09-03-2012, 02:25 AM
      #135
    Trained
    Ellieandrose,
    Well done on the showjumping!
    As for collection/balance etc. Try riding REALLY solidly with your core muscles and seat. Think of yourself as an old man with a beer belly, ride your belly button towards your hands and sit squarely on your seat bones. This will put you in the best position to influence the horse through your seat (core muscles).
    In this seat, ride multiple transitions, and always change the frame and the position of the body. At the moment I am doing a lot of work on a 20m square, and riding no more than one side of the square at the same pace, in the same frame, or the same position. For example, I might ride travers in trot on one side, then pick up canter and ride the start of a pirouette through the corner, followed by a side of medium canter, then back to walk leg yield, then trot shoulder in etc etc etc. Keep both of your thinking, changing and suppling the horse's body.



    I'm pretty bummed, my training/competing has been put on hold for a while now. I had a bit of a nasty fall this morning, went to get on, had my right leg halfway over and Spighi spooked then bucked and I hit the ground very hard on my right hip.
    Spent 6 hours in ED with a suspected fracture of my hip. Thank god there is no fracture, but I have severe bruising of the bone and muscle. Highly unimpressed that I am on crutches for a couple of weeks, and have to scratch from my competition this weekend.
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        09-03-2012, 02:58 AM
      #136
    Trained
    At the moment I am working on a really basic Prelim test to get Lucy out and about :) Her first "dressage" test will the in an ODE next month :P So really we are working on lots and lots of transitions, and long and low work to develop that topline and circles and halts! Nothing too over the top but an OTTB needs to start somewhere right?

    EDIT: Omg Katyy is everything alright?!
         
        09-03-2012, 03:01 AM
      #137
    Trained
    Yep all good PT :) I'm a tough cookie, just peeved that I wasn't able to get back on straight after I ate dirt. Haven't had that much pain from a fall in a while, took my 5mins to stop hyperventilating enough to call my partner to come and get me, and when I got onto my feet and went to take a step I fainted. They gave me some lovely painkillers though, give me a couple of days and as soon as I can put a bit of weight on it I'll be out there riding or at least lunging the little bugger again. I've got Spring Championships in a few weeks, I am NOT missing out yet another year!!!!!
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        09-03-2012, 03:16 AM
      #138
    Trained
    Wow seema like quiet the experience :) Hope all is well and good for you Spring Championships! I couldn't imagine not competing for a whole year hah! Although this year has been tough on the competing side, I've still had a few comps.
         
        09-04-2012, 06:35 PM
      #139
    Yearling
    Had a nice ride tonight. Instead of stressing about whether she was impulsive enough, forward enough, active enough, etc and nagging her about all of the above, as I tend to do sometimes, I concentrated on riding her as if she was a box, with her shoulders and hips as the corners of the box. No matter what we did, transitions, shoulder-in, half pass, whatever, the box had to be in line and in balance. That's it. It made a huge difference. She got wonderfully light and supple.

    Gotta remember this visualisation when I go to ride my trainee on Thursday. I've started helping a woman with her Welsh Section D, who's seven years old but green as grass. The rider is just as green but wants some dressage schooling put on her mare, just so the mare is a little bit more educated and at least confident and balanced in the arena. At the moment, she is none of the above. Gypsum, miraculously (because I trained her) knows what she should be doing so long as you stop being an eejit and let her do it. The cute little Welshie knows nothing and has the worst balance of any greenie I have ever ridden, and needs to be shown what to do.
         
        09-09-2012, 01:14 PM
      #140
    Yearling
    We got a 64% and a 65%! Which I'm very happy with. Kitty was spectacular! Especially since she had never seen a white dressage fence in her entire life I say she handled it quite well. Also, since we were the only ones in our classes, we ended up with two firsts!

    Now I know what I have to work on before the next show. I will definitely be working on drawing out our transitions and pushing her forward.
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