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        04-03-2013, 12:01 AM
      #221
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    Upper level horses have lots of buttons. Depending on the way I use my leg and at which point in the stride and how my seat is I may be asking for a quicker hind leg, more cadence, more extension, more collection, or a complete gait change.
    The timing of your aids is immensely important. Generally a slow leg at the top of the stride is asking for more cadence from the horse, or leads into a passage. Try using a very quick leg (think 15 aids per second) and when the horse has one diagonal pair on the ground. Also use your back to ride every stride quicker, ie when a DP has landed, already be pushing with your back for the apex of the stride.
    Same thing in the canter. And take your leg off. If he trots same thing - 15 kicks per second, and if needed a tap.

    Upper level horses do not like whips. Mine is extremely offended by them. Use your back, use your core and have very good timing with your legs and the horse will become hot.

    Good luck!
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    I'm only recently venturing into the world of dressage and this description just sounds so neat to me! Must be exciting.

    And ha! "offended' is the perfect word. My boy is incredibly offended by whip taps and is not afraid to let me know that there are other ways of communicating!
         
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        04-03-2013, 12:04 AM
      #222
    Trained
    Going to a freestyle clinic with the little PRE I'm riding. I will be riding him, the owner will be there and we're putting together a first level freestyle that I can ride this year and she can ride next year.
    He got a 68% and a 70% at first level at the show a few weeks ago. His owner is riding too and really enjoying him.
    Now that I have him really solid in the contact and he is starting to use himself from behind and lift and "swing" through the back we're starting to really get into the nitty-gritty of collection. He is so handy that my coach and I played with the changes in February, and now I'm starting to really ask for them on an aid. We still need to work through and get the medium gaits going (come on strength come faster!) before I'd feel confident in a second level. But once I get those and the changes on an aid, I'm thinking in 12 months it won't be unreasonable to expect a good third and fourth level out of the little guy. So much willingness, talent and intelligence in this kid :)

    The big guy, always always refining the collection. The difference in the correct muscle definition from last year is staggering. Pulled the shoes and his feet are really evening up and he is going strong in the trot work. Getting way too fit to be manageable without a good 13-14 hours of turnout a day. Canter work is coming as well. Always a huge focus on the transitions. He has picked up too quickly on the short work and is throwing in some piaffe/passage strides in the transitions. Always a focus on refining my half halt to eliminate this. The tricks are so easy now in the third year of FEI so besides the changes I don't really make an effort to school them. Only refining the aids, building strength, suppleness and increasing collection, every day with a staggering amount of transitions.
         
        04-03-2013, 12:05 AM
      #223
    Green Broke
    I've been working on Freeing Cinny's shoulders (trainer suggestion). Now that he is more loose we are working on stretching down through the back while simultaneously raising the back. We have also begun top line building work to help with the before mentioned goals.

    And I'm sooooo excited about Cin's progress and I keep wanting to post videos on here but I am making myself wait until after the show and will post show vids for critique. I have learned that it isn't a very good thing to post critique vids within a few weeks of a show because it tends to make you lose confidence and I don't want to do that to myself again :)
         
        04-10-2013, 05:07 AM
      #224
    Green Broke
    Well I've been working on getting this!!!
    Reeco's first show under saddle.

    We finaly made it!! Now its a case of working on improving the canter transition, Getting him further infront of my leg and getting him to relax when pushed on!
    Then it will be a case of general improvements to his way of going and perhaps doing a couple of prelim tests.
    He already leg yields well so I'll be using that to sit him on his hocks more and lift/lighten the front end more.
    We will also be introducing poles and some little jumps soon!
         
        04-10-2013, 11:49 PM
      #225
    Trained
    Looking great Faye! Reeco is certainly progressing in leaps and bounds now, fantastic :)


    I had my clinic over the weekend, had an absolute ball. Tor loved Speeg, thought he was a very talented horse and could go PSG within 12 months (maybe with him riding, me, I'm not so sure about!!).
    We worked very heavily on basics, getting a sharper reaction to the leg, getting him a little deeper and rounder over the neck and back, lots of lateral work on the circle while switching tempo between collected and medium in all gaits.
    The work this week has been super, and even though he does still tend to get anxious, I've been able to quietly ride through that and come out the other side with some really good quality work.

    State Dressage Championships this weekend, I had my last ride at home today in the double, then leaving early tomorrow morning and will have a light familiarisation ride on the grounds in the afternoon.
    Elementary on Saturday, Novice on Sunday, so that works nicely as he can do the novice with his eyes closed and will be quite tired by then.
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        04-13-2013, 11:16 PM
      #226
    Trained
    Getting excited for the final indoor series show - 3 weeks away!!

    My coach is coming up the week before (and I hope for the actual show as well - trying to get the whole "team" up to the show!) for some prep work. Unfortunately I only get 3 lessons :'( Poo.
    The first level stuff is super, super solid with the PRE. Getting a bit bored, moving onto lateral work (easy), w/c/w (also way too easy) and CC (frustratingly easy). I am having to really restrain myself from pushing the changes, but we had a solid week of working on the changes every day, and *hooray* it sprung some leaks in the foundation so now at least I have some fixing to do. But he is almost back to the supple, easy ride that he was before. And then I can't wait to see what the changes are like *evil grin*. I have 6 weeks between this show and the next one and hopefully that's enough time to get the second level stuff going well enough to show it (medium paces are scary though lol).
    My big guy is back to being a bit stuck behind my leg after our month long spring willies episode :( I miss the spring willies, so much easier to ride crazy haha. So back to the same old same old strengthening, ground work (which he's gotten too smart for w/o side reins so time to get a bit inventive) and short work and keeping him sharp off a calf aid - no big girl spurs so I stay honest on my aids. Pirouettes stay so much more in front of my leg when I keep my #*(&@ hands together. Like honestly I need to write that on the wall in every corner haha. But, forward progress and *hopefully* I can crack 70% in the PSG at the show. And then onto perfect the I1 and getting to enough competitions, and then getting enough scores, and then long listing is in my grasp :) And then nations cup next year?!? I wish lol - we will just stick to our CDI at the end of June for now.

    I'm still kind of peeved at CDI Sydney for not doing the derby - maybe next year?? Kayty you need to have words with those people lol. Or else I will never have an excuse to get to Australia!!
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        04-15-2013, 01:19 AM
      #227
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Looking great Faye! Reeco is certainly progressing in leaps and bounds now, fantastic :)


    I had my clinic over the weekend, had an absolute ball. Tor loved Speeg, thought he was a very talented horse and could go PSG within 12 months (maybe with him riding, me, I'm not so sure about!!).
    We worked very heavily on basics, getting a sharper reaction to the leg, getting him a little deeper and rounder over the neck and back, lots of lateral work on the circle while switching tempo between collected and medium in all gaits.
    The work this week has been super, and even though he does still tend to get anxious, I've been able to quietly ride through that and come out the other side with some really good quality work.

    State Dressage Championships this weekend, I had my last ride at home today in the double, then leaving early tomorrow morning and will have a light familiarisation ride on the grounds in the afternoon.
    Elementary on Saturday, Novice on Sunday, so that works nicely as he can do the novice with his eyes closed and will be quite tired by then.
    *ahem*

    I've already seen some peoples results on FB - but not yours!! I'm impatiently waiting :P
         
        04-16-2013, 09:17 PM
      #228
    Foal
    We had a schooling show a couple of weeks ago and showed 1st level 1 & 3. While we had our best warmup, the actual show ring had a lot of things to spook at. Still a respectable 65.1% for a very high strung mare.

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        04-16-2013, 10:37 PM
      #229
    Foal
    I have discovered I need to work on my sitting trot. Someone (namely my farrier) has replaced my ok moving Friesian with a horse that can really MOVE. Now I have to learn how to ride this new improved version. My abs really hate my new farrier, but the rest of me loves him lol!
         
        04-17-2013, 10:52 PM
      #230
    Trained
    Whoops sorry Anebel, I've been flat out starting a new job this week!!
    Not such a brilliant champs for me, I was so distracted thinking about other things going on that I made an error in my elementary which cost me 6 placings! Second elem wasn't too bad, but I rooted my first simple change so rightfully got 4s for that and the counter canter following. Second simple change was really good, 7s from the head judge for the change and CC, second judge I've had conflict with on numerous occasions due to his nutty old bat wife, gave me 2 4s again saying incorrect strike off and cc not shown. Again, just that error of judging cost me a substantial drop in %.

    Novice poor Speeg was buggered for, a bit flat etc so high end of mid field for the first. Second was my royalist of royal 'truck' ups of all time, making 2 errors when the work from him was bloody good and would potentially have given a placing.
    Oops!!!!!!!
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