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post #11 of 511 Old 04-19-2012, 01:49 AM
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Right now I'm working on getting Kitty flowing in through her back. She has a tendency to get "stuck" and can't push from behind.

Today she finally used her hind end and we had some amazing walk, trot and canter moments!

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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
Making Selena actually use her hind end! Grr! So frustrating, feels like she doesn't even have hindquarters sometimes! She almost has it down at the trot....The canter is still pretty strung out though. bleh.
Haha I can sympathise with this! Sphiggi has got these lovely active paces, but wants to go wide behind rather than sit and bend his hocks, so thats going to be my biggest challenge for the next few months.
Anyone with any exercise suggestions on helping this process along, feel free to through them at me! I have got a whole shelf in my study filled with note books that I have written in every exercise I have heard or read, so can always add a few more

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post #13 of 511 Old 04-19-2012, 05:25 AM
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gypsy and i have been working on haunches in at the walk and trot. we've also been doing trot leg yeilds to canter, which really helps her step under with her inside hind, something she can be quite lazy about ! i had my best dressage ride on her the other day, it was awesome - especially as im the kind of eventer whose always just survived dressage. ive never really loved it or had a horse that likes it =]
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post #14 of 511 Old 04-19-2012, 08:34 AM
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working on a nice training level frame through the transitions, we have a tendency to go "CANTER?? dic you say canter??? time for my giraffe impression" also introducing him to leg-yields and some smaller circles.

for me: relaxing and waiting for him to come to me. patience, as usual. and the whole leg seat, not just with my clavles(and losing my seat/thighs) or with my knees(pinching!)
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post #15 of 511 Old 04-19-2012, 06:40 PM
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Making my canter transitions less crap. I'm going to put a sign between my horse's ears: "sit up FFS and stop throwing yourself off the inside shoulder in the canter transition!" And drop the reins, do anything with the reins, other than hang on the inside one, which causes her not to canter. My horse lives in eternal hope for the day I won't cock up a canter transition in this manner. I'm working on it.
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post #16 of 511 Old 04-19-2012, 06:45 PM
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Molly and I are working on leg yielding and half pass and making them more consistent with the correct bend.
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I had a wonderful ride this morning before work. Looks like the weather is turning bad again next week, so I'm making the most of my 6am rides when it is so beautiful.
Sphigi had his head 100% screwed in this morning and gave me such a lovely feel! I did a lot of leg yield work with him, down the long side alternating between haunches in and out, and putting a turn on the haunches or forehand in at the end of the long side. At the moment I am not allowing him to work on any straight lines, everything is curving or lateral other than to cool down after the ride. The trot work really improved, and he started to sit on his haunches rather than come wide.
In canter, I did some very shallow loops down the long sides on both reins, and multiple trot-canter-trot transitions on a 20m circle. The canter also improved after this and I was getting some semblance of a connection from the hind legs.

Lesson tomorrow afternoon, then he can have Sunday off. Work sessions are being kept short with plenty of walk breaks at the moment, I don't want to tire him out.

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post #18 of 511 Old 04-19-2012, 11:38 PM
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my mare and i are working a lot on using her hind end and doing a lot of bending and transitions. she is also working on getting fatter and i am working on following better with my hands and having a better seat :p

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post #19 of 511 Old 04-20-2012, 06:24 PM
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I am new to dressage, and English riding in general. BUT what I am working on (I know as simple as it is,) is keeping my heels down and not looking down and to the left. My trainer says every time I get tired or the going gets rough, I look down at the horse's left shoulder. I watched a video of my last lesson and it's really ridiculous how often I do it. I would like to figure out how to post videos on here so maybe I could get some pointers from some of you folks. Here is a picture of what I do:

Anyone know why I might have a tendency to do this?
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post #20 of 511 Old 04-20-2012, 06:50 PM
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^ It could just be an insecurity; that you want to know where your horse's feet are because you feel you've lost control. Do you always look to the left, or do you look to the inside? (left when tracking left, right on a clockwise circle)
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