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    11-27-2012, 08:51 PM
Know the feeling Core!!!

I've taken Spigh right back to basics - Rythm and Relaxation, for the last few rides. I've felt some tension creeping into his work lately, and don't want that to progress so back to allowing him to work in an open frame, just basic working paces and leg yield on big circles. I'll probably keep up this work for the rest of the week, then start riding him up again.
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    11-27-2012, 09:46 PM
During my lessons im working on canter departures and keeping Vinny rounded longer and longer. I've been riding english for two months now and im loving it!

At home with my Thoroughbred im working on keeping her in her canter and myself on sitting back and not pinching her shoulders with my knees.

With my Quarter Horse im working on getting her to control her speed based on my seat alone.

With my mustang im trying to get him more solid in his cues.

Can anyone explain the technicals of a half pass to me. My instructor says to squeeze my ring finger when im rising in my post and stretch my inside leg down lower. She told me it causes the horse to become round however im still a bit lost about em overall.
    11-27-2012, 09:58 PM
Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
Can anyone explain the technicals of a half pass to me. My instructor says to squeeze my ring finger when im rising in my post and stretch my inside leg down lower. She told me it causes the horse to become round however im still a bit lost about em overall.
I think you've got some terminology mixed up here, unless you didn't mean to include the two in the same paragraph ;)

Half pass is an advanced lateral movement not introduced in test riding until medium level (3rd US I believe). It involved the horse travelling forward and sideways around the rider's inside leg, with inside bend and flexion.

What your instructor is teaching you, is the very very basics of developing bend, suppleness and therefore roundness in your horse - a looooooong way of half pass yet!!
    11-27-2012, 10:01 PM
Now that you mention it I do think she called it something else but all my brain is coming up with is half pass. Ill probably remember at 2 am in the morning.
    11-27-2012, 10:12 PM
Half halt! Not half pass.
    11-27-2012, 10:30 PM
Halt halt makes more sense ;)

There is a big thread on half halts here in the Dressage subforum, if you scroll through a couple of pages you'll find a very long thread started by "Spyder" - which will give you a lot of information on half halts, their uses and applications.

A half halt in its earliest stages can be ridden somewhat how your instructor is teaching. It is basically a small 'check' to rebalance the horse in order to rebalance the horse over its haunches, to prepare it for the next movement, and to check the response to your aids.
It starts out as a 'nearly' downward transition. Gradually it becomes so refined that inexperienced onlookers cannot see the rider or the horse, using a half halt. It should be a nearly imperceptible shifting of the horses weight more to its haunches.
Generally they are not ridden 'stand alone' but in a series. During a test, I would use hundreds of them, even in a basic training test.
    11-27-2012, 11:00 PM
I have the greatest horse ! I swear if I just would ride her correctly ! As soon as I ride correctly she will just do everything perfectly. Everything I have ever asked of her she has figured out faster than I can figure it out. I have never liked doing dressage...typical eventer, I just want to get through it to the xc....haha but she makes it so fun.

I don't know how I got so lucky with her !

We havent done any more with half pass. We jumped on sunday and had monday off. Tonight we had to share the indoor with 6 people so we were a bit limited in what we could work on...
    12-16-2012, 06:32 PM
WOOOOO HOOOOO! A couple of absolutely awesome rides this weekend!!!
I am very happy with my little bargain horse Feeling less and less inclined to treat him as a project now, the possibility of taking him to at least PSG is becoming very real.
His canter work is becoming stronger all the time, so we introduced some pirouette canter into medium, back to pirouette canter then into a change.
Trot work is awesome, I have started using the whip on the top of his rump to encourage quicker hind legs - the reaction was so good that my coach decided to introduced a little bit of work towards piaffe.

He is such a little star :)
    12-16-2012, 07:48 PM
Thats awesome !!

I had 2 weeks of super rides on gypsy ! But the last couple have been tough. She just hasnt been going as well. Im wondering if she's a little sore. I've been pushing her more and working on counter canter a lot. She got today off and then im going to do a couple light rides and see if that makes her happier.
    12-19-2012, 11:56 PM
My boy and I have really been cooking with gas lately. I've been working on opening up my hip angle and matching his movement better. At the same time, I have been asking him to accept steadier contact and use himself more. Today I had a few very nice trot moments. You know those ones where the horse is completely connected and you can tweak any body part you want in an instant as he floats along? I've been trying to get it on video for critique to make sure it's real, but I always ride alone and keep not pointing the camera in the right spot.
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