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post #141 of 511 Old 09-09-2012, 03:03 PM
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Had a great ride this morning One of the clinicians I love came around for the weekend, and she gave me a lot of different exercises to work on with Charlotte to help her become more supple and actually seeking contact with the bit.

Toward the end, I could really feel it all starting to come together. For the first time in quite a while, I could actually feel her seeking out the contact and getting her hind end underneath her instead of just flopping around.

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post #142 of 511 Old 09-13-2012, 06:45 AM
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I've just gotten Maggie back into the same city as me, so I've started working on getting her slowly back into work. At the moment I'm just working on getting her fit and listening to me. I'm doing lots and lots of transitions and just playing around with a few lateral steps here and there.

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post #143 of 511 Old 09-14-2012, 09:38 AM
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I rode bareback on Wednesday evening for the first time in a couple of months and found muscles I forgot I had. Lately I've been working on riding with an independent seat and improving communication with my seat and legs. I thought I was doing pretty good until the bareback ride on Wednesday. Clearly, I have a lot more work to do. Fortunately, winter (AKA "bareback season") is coming soon so I will have lots of opportunity to work on my seat.

I do find riding bareback helps my balance a lot. It also makes me much more aware of how strongly and precisely I give my aids.
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post #144 of 511 Old 09-16-2012, 09:49 AM
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Holy under-muscled batman!

I'm schooling a Welsh pony for a lass once per week, due to the owner being pretty green but wanting some basic dressage training put on the horse so she can be steered around an arena in a reasonably balanced way, which is not something she does all that well at the moment. I've worked with youngsters before, but what really strikes me about this mare is how undermuscled she is in her back end. You can see this by just looking at her and then when you're on her, you can really feel her struggling to cope with balancing a rider. I've been doing lots of walk-trot transitions with her as well as big circles and shallow serpentines. The mare is very nice in the hand and once she's built of the strength to carry a rider comfortably, she should come along nicely.

I've told the owner to get her out on hacks as much as possible. Just last week, the owner got the courage to take her out hacking alone and also had a day of riding her in the arena with more success than she'd been having (before I started riding, the mare would plant herself in a corner and not move). The owner doesn't ride if she feels the mare is in a spooky or funny mood but we're seeing some progress. This is good. But it will be slow going until the mare builds muscle. Any suggestions for exercises which help with that (other than those mentioned above) would be welcomed. Suggestions for things that her green owner could do during the rest of the week would be even better. I may suggest that she try lunging in side-reins or a pessoa type thing, as she is competent at lunging.
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post #145 of 511 Old 09-16-2012, 10:39 AM
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silverspear work in a passoa is good, also long reining up hills, heck if you can get the pony walking up hills in a correct outline then that will help enorously.

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Yesterday I took jeff out on a hack and worked a lot on transitions within a gait (primarily trot as the round is so hard) we went out for over an hour and a half and thourghly enjoyed it,
However i paid for it later when i went shopping and bent over to pick up a bottle of milk when a bolt of pain went accross my lower back and I ended up on my knees. A lovely elderly gentleman tried to pick me up off the floor but had to get one of the members of staff, they hoisted me onto a seat and fished my medication out of my bag. It was a good 20 ins before they kicked in enough for me to move.

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post #146 of 511 Old 09-16-2012, 10:42 AM
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I did think of that. Hills would be amazing. However, the little mare is on livery in what must be the flattest part of West Lothian. Not a hill for miles.

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silverspear work in a passoa is good, also long reining up hills, heck if you can get the pony walking up hills in a correct outline then that will help enorously.

On progress
Yesterday I took jeff out on a hack and worked a lot on transitions within a gait (primarily trot as the round is so hard) we went out for over an hour and a half and thourghly enjoyed it,
However i paid for it later when i went shopping and bent over to pick up a bottle of milk when a bolt of pain went accross my lower back and I ended up on my knees. A lovely elderly gentleman tried to pick me up off the floor but had to get one of the members of staff, they hoisted me onto a seat and fished my medication out of my bag. It was a good 20 ins before they kicked in enough for me to move.
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post #147 of 511 Old 09-23-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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I competed yesterday, had a pretty cruddy day of it unfortunately. I could make all the excuses in the world, but I just didn't ride well.
Spighi was great, gale force winds, arena chains blowing all over the place and he didn't spook once. Big improvement on his straightness, looking at the video's of both tests the only times his quarters swung to the left was when he lost some rhythm in the medium trots - but I haven't done any lengthening work with him for a good couple of months, and he's not terribly strong at the moment so that will come in time.
I feel that I didn't warm him up as well as I could have, he was against my hand and had so little bend that I felt as though I was trying to steer a barge around the arena. I'm lucky that he is such an honest little horse, he is a rhythm machine so even though it felt attrocious to ride, on the video he doesn't actually change rhythm at all, and the only thing that gives his tension away is my grimace!
We placed 3rd and =7th of 20 in both tests, but I'm not happy at all with the work. I am thinking of bumping him up to elementary by the end of the year, as with more components within the test it will give me more oportunity to keep him together, he is much better with the lateral work then doing basic walk, trot, canter in the prelim/novice tests.

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post #148 of 511 Old 10-03-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I've had two rides straight now that everything felt like it was coming together, and I didn't get off feeling like I was going to have to drill some part of the work the next day.
He is getting so much stronger, and I'm having to remind him far less that he needs to carry himself, not dive onto my hands at every oportunity.
Transitions are really good, and canter work is getting stronger by the day.
Started a little more renvers this morning and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get some very good strides on each rein.

Spring Champs next weekend, only prelim so unless he's feeling as tight as a board, we should be able to do it with our eyes closed. I'm aiming to come in the top half of the field with over 65% in both tests, Springs tend to get judged very tough and the prelim and novice fields are full of professional riders on young imports - gulp!

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post #149 of 511 Old 10-03-2012, 09:59 AM
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Have had the all clear to bring Reeco back into work.
See this thead for updates:
Reeco's new training log

Jeff is being his usual pleasent self and I've had him schooling several times and hacked out a lot. Hoping to get him out to his first ever pony part soon!
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post #150 of 511 Old 10-03-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Woohoo I just got the draw for Spring Champs next weekend, turns out I was accepted into the novice on my only novice start before entries went in
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