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        10-06-2012, 10:55 AM
    Green Broke
    Reeco has been having a roller put on him every night, yesterday I decided to lunge him and he was an angel, so today I decided to pop him in longreins.
    A friend on the yard who is much more experianced with longreins than I am. The longreins have always been a major problem for him and have resulted in several spectacular explosions
    He was an angel today, and we were walk, trot and cantering quitely.

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        10-08-2012, 06:59 PM
    Exciting day today

    This afternoon my daughter and I hauled my gelding and our 3 year old welsh x hanovarian to work in the arena at a stable my daughter works at. It was a big day for Himmy, the pony cross, because she hasn't been in a trailer since we got her last December. Even then, it was her first time in our straight load trailer. She is also very green and has been ridden only a couple dozen times, mainly in the round pen. We weren't sure if she had ever been in an arena or a barn before. Our goal was to haul her in and do our best to ensure she had a positive experience. We also wanted to introduce her to the larger arena. We took my gelding for some exercise and a little moral support for the filly.

    As it turned out, both horses were awesome. My gelding is usually pretty good, but I have been working on getting him to lift into a nice airy frame and improve his response to my seat acnd leg aids. After he loaded like a dream, he gave me one of the best rides I have had on him ever. I got some of the nicest movement and smoothest transitions I've ever had on him. Too bad nobody was watching, but I know it was great because I could feel the lightness and fluidity under me. It seemed like we moved as one in a beautiful fluid dance.

    The pony cross filly loaded with no fuss at all whatsoever and backed off carefully and quietly, although we could tell she was quite nervous. She was great in the barn and did awesome in the arena. My daughter ended up riding her mostly at a walk, and got some nice responsive solid movement from her. She was totally fine when a third horse and came into the arena to work and maintained her focus. At the end of the session, she walked right on the trailer and quietly backed off when got home.

    All in all, it was a very productive horsey day.
        10-08-2012, 08:30 PM
    As of today, I'm working one tempis with Victress! I'm soooo proud! I've finally gotten her two's to perfection so we tried it today and got it on our second try. Also working on 1 and a half canter pirouettes, which are almost perfect all the time. I love it when everything just "clicks" :).
        10-09-2012, 10:02 AM
    We finally made our debut at 1st level. Between my work/travel schedule I didn't know if it was going to happen. It was raining the entire time so that was new for us too but went well and we won our class. Crappy pics since the photographer left in the rain...

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        10-11-2012, 07:20 AM
    Spighi's had a couple of days being lunged in the Pessoa, giving him a good chance to really stretch and relax. Definitely don't want to wear him out before Springs this weekend as he's not terribly fit.
    He's been great this week, it seems he's gotten over last weeks bout of shocking spookiness thank goodness.
        10-12-2012, 10:18 AM
    Last night I worked on Phoenix's canter (well we worked on it). He's had issues with cross cantering in the past which I think has finally been worked out of him Going counterclockwise his canter has softened up and become more 'rocking horse-esq'. Clockwise still needs a ot of work as he finds it difficult to pick up the canter stride with his wonky hip. He's getting there and I definitely see progress so i'm pleased.

    We also did a little turn on the forehand work and went over basics like backing up and practiced halting (mostly square). It was also a chance for me to see how my knees would hold up after taking a month off from riding due to unexplained pain; i'm feeling it slightly this morning but last night I was fine.
        10-21-2012, 08:40 PM
    Very happy with how Spighi is going at the moment.
    Since the champs last weekend he seems to have improved immensely. He is SO much lighter in my hand, much better off the leg and is rapidly losing the tension in walk. I can get him trotting off with his back swinging nearly every time now at the start of the ride, where as previously it would take a million trot-canter-trot transitions to get him to loosen up.

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        10-22-2012, 02:51 AM
    Green Broke
    How did you do at champs kayty?

    Any tips on getting Jeff off my left hand, doesnt matter what rein I'm on he leans on my left, never my right.
        10-22-2012, 07:56 AM
    Not too bad Faye, 7th in the prelim out of nearly 30 in a primarily professional field. Mid field in novice which was to be expected, many many imported horses in there but I was just so pleased with how Spighi worked in my second test. I felt it was by far the best novice I've ridden on him, he stayed with my back the whole time and was super rideable. One of the judges has actually been suspended from judging after the champs for giving shockingly low marks. I was given 55% by him for the best test I've ridden on Spighi, when he normally scores mid 60's even for not so good tests, while the second judge had him up on 67%. Go figure!!!!

    Oh hell, leaning on one hand - Spigh's is my right hand.
    His problem though was the left hind. He is weaker in that hind leg, and tends to swing his quarters out to avoid working it, so as such he would overload his right shoulder which obviously then transferred to my hand.
    I actually found it more effective to correct his overloading shoulder, which then MADE him take weight on that left hind, and lightening the right rein. Bit backwards, but it's worked really well.
    Riding walk pirouettes in counter and correct flexion and bend (so going from leg yielding the pirouette, to a pirouette in correct bend) and transitions between shoulder in, travers and renvers has made a very big difference too.

    I've been warming him up in walk, by giving him a reasonably long rein, and leg yielding on a circle out to my outside rein until he'd fill it up, then change rein and repeat on that side a few times over, then the same in trot and canter. The more I can get him through each rein, the lighter he gets on the right.
        11-14-2012, 10:47 PM
    I have just moved to a new agistment centre, due to a cattle crush being built in my arena :S

    Had a fantastic ride last night, first time in the new arena. I was very surprised that we had no spooking! All the work was soft, in front of my leg, and his back was there from the get go.
    Needs a bit of a tune up on moving laterally from my left leg, but it's been 3 weeks since I've ridden so I'll keep it to basics for a few more rides before picking a fight.
    Quite keen to get my teeth sunk back into his changes soon though.

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