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post #231 of 511 Old 04-24-2013, 02:16 AM
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I need to work on lightening my seat and getting more impulsion (by asking my horse to work off lighter and lighter leg aids)
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post #232 of 511 Old 04-24-2013, 03:20 PM
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4 day clinic starts tomorrow. Taking both boys tomorrow - and I will update!

Today is bath day and then hopefully I just have to spray off a bit of mud in the morning before hauling over... Riding my guy to get the aids sharp, probably doing some cav. work and ground work to keep him fresh. Little guy gets a day off.
Friday I have a lesson on my guy, riding the kid at home. Saturday riding my guy at home and the kid has a lesson with his mum. Sunday both have lessons again. Saturday/Sunday I have a student riding and I'm very proud of her progress since the last clinic - I'm really hoping they get into the meat of the canter work and start prep for the changes. She wants to get the third level stuff going and her horse gets very stressed in the changes. She is going on holidays soon so I'm also hoping I can convince her to hand me the keys. 7 days with him would be very nice to get a good start on the changes...

Super excited to have my coach on the ground. I can do ground work but it is so much nicer to be mounted with her on the ground as her timing is impeccable. And 3 lessons <3<3<3 so excited. Have to start planning a trip to her place for June before the CDI.

And I'm running a horse show in about 10 days. To say I am full is an understatement. 87 stalls, 83 entries, all in two show rings. Thank goodness I have a friend judge because I had to call in a favor to get her to judge a little for me. 3 judges ack. This show is going to be slightly ridiculous and A LOT of work. And did I mention I'm showing both horses and have a student showing? No wonder my hair is thinning!

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post #233 of 511 Old 04-25-2013, 02:54 AM
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Wel we seem to have taken a step backwards with Reeco. Bummer!!!!

Our school is currently out of action, we had a storm after 2 weeks of very dry hot weather and the 80mph winds blew all the sand down one end of the school and into the paddock next to it. litteraly have gravel only on most of the school!

So weve been riding in one of the larger paddocks and unfortunatly it seems that Reeco is feeling good and as soon as his feet hit grass he is off on one!

I sat 2 tantrums yesterday (of the bucking bolting variety). Once he had it out of his system he produced some of the softest, sweetest and freest work i've ever had from him! It was seriously lovely! My instructor was very complimentary and keeps saying that if we can get him out of this edgy stupidness then we could do sooo much together.

On the plus side his new saddle (the reason i'm completly broke now) fits incredibly well, frees up his shoulder massivly and enables me to sit his tantrums. Oh and it has the added bonus of forcing my leg into the correct position so much so that the back of my calves is killing me today after my lesson yesterday! (although part of that may be from sitting the sitting his tantrums for the most part without stirrups).

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post #234 of 511 Old 04-27-2013, 08:07 PM
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I wasn't even working on this-- but today Jax half-passed at the trot!!! He was giving me his little "can't I go back to western pleasure?" trot and I just decided to ask for lateral movement-- and he gave it to me! Best of all is the moment his butt fell out, I just gave him a little tap with my heel and he straightened right back up. Even better-- I caught it on crappy quality video and could totally see him listening to me!

Anyway, as an entry-level dressage baby, I have been working a lot on keeping my arms and hands under control and that's been going very well. For Jax, he was consistently picking up his wrong lead when I asked for left, so our trainer had us doing lots of exercises... turns out, after a chiro appointment and a week off (I was out of town for a conference), he hasn't picked up the wrong lead once in the 3 rides I've had since. That's a relief!

Mostly wanted to happy dance about the half pass today. Nothing is better than comparing a current video to one three months ago and seeing the progress in you and your horse.

I want to start working on flying lead changes. I know that Jax can do them (will happily oblige when we're out on the trail), but I haven't introduced them yet in the arena since we had that little left lead hurdle. I still feel that I have a lot of preparation work to do first. Looking forward to more progress!

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post #235 of 511 Old 04-27-2013, 09:02 PM
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I'm basically a total novice in When it comes to Dressage. I rode hunters/jumpers for 14 years and even went pro for a while. I've only been learning the ropes on this new discipline for about a year but I'm loving every moment. My trainer and I are retraining my 22 year old TB. He was my junior amateur jumper for a long time till her was injured in October of 2010. He is 60 days into his retraining and he is learning to accept contact at the trot. It's been a huge learning experience for me since I am learning with him. Ive been fortunate enough to be able to ride my trainers school masters as well. So far I'm having a blast! :)
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post #236 of 511 Old 04-28-2013, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Speeg has had two weeks spell out in the paddock with Billy, so back into it today with a nice easy lunge. He pulled up quite sore over the back and left hind after state champs a fortnight ago, so I'll be getting the physio to look him over soon. Hopefully it was just some fatigue and the not so wonderful ground. He looks 100% on the lunge in both directions, back is very loose and swinging well and left hind is stepping through evenly. Fingers crossed he just needed a good spell.

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post #237 of 511 Old 04-29-2013, 11:27 PM
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I had a lesson yesterday on the friesian, it was just amazing. The trainer is based in Victoria, however she travels to Europe frequently to train and compete, and she made things so simple. I can't wait for her to come back!

Rhett (the friesian) has a tendency to suck back behind the contact and is extremely bendy, so we worked on riding him forwards into the contact and keeping him in front of my leg and straight. Our biggest thing is my crookedness allows him to pop out through his shoulder and bend funny. But once we had that everything was awesome! Even our canter transitions were 1000% better than before. Now I just need to work on it at home.

So after my lesson, the things I am working on are:
Straightness (mine and his)
Keeping him in front of my leg at all times
Getting him deeper to lift up and use his back
Sitting more on my seat rather than perching - although saddle fit plays a big part of this...

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post #238 of 511 Old 05-06-2013, 12:13 AM
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I'm getting ready for my gelding's first "real" show next weekend where we'll be doing 3rd level! I'm very excited to get him out to some new surroundings and I'm hoping he'll be more cooperative than the last schooling show we went to (18 hands of warmblood saying "NO!" and leaving is not at all fun). He needed a couple weeks off about a month ago with a some health issues, so getting his condition up has been a top priority along with continually strengthening his left hind leg from an old injury (this horse has a string of never ending issues).

So far, we've got most of the 3rd level work down quite well, imo, except the right collection/half-pass at the canter. That left leg of his just struggles a bit more and he's not as coordinated to the right...his collection is sloppier and less snappy in the hind end and the right half-pass gets a big big, unbalanced and flat as well. He makes me work very hard to get that correct. His changes need to be more confirmed at this point as well.

I'm hoping the show goes well, he's done extremely well over the last couple weeks which is promising. I'll update with scores and maybe some video as the show progresses!
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post #239 of 511 Old 05-06-2013, 12:18 AM
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Kayty, How is Sphigi doing???

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post #240 of 511 Old 05-06-2013, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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He is sold pending payment :( Had an offer I couldn't turn down after only having him tentatively on the market for a couple of days. Lady came out to ride him over the weekend, she was able to find all of his buttons and fell in love. Does make me feel good seeing someone less experienced get on my horse and be able to ride SI, travers, renvers, trot half pass etc in the first 10 minutes - showed me that I actually can train a horse!

Bit sad to see him go but with my new job I currently have no time to put into him, and as I will be on probation wages for 12 months I'll be struggling for dollars. Billy will be under saddle by Xmas all going well, so I need to put a lot more money away to pay for breaking.
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