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        06-14-2013, 03:30 AM
      #291
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by disastercupcake    
    My instructor also has me shorten my reins a lot when I ride with her. I tend to have too much trust in my horse, and she says if he really wanted to bolt, he could unless my reins are short- so short I almost have to lean forward to keep from pulling on his mouth. But, I ride a green horse =/
    If a horse wants to bolt it will no matter how short your reins are. Reins so short they pull you forwards is not good.


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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Took video but having issues uploading it. Lesson went a lot better.. not running through my aids but something really bothers me about the horse I ride.

    For the most part he doesn't accept contact. No matter who is riding him his nose is either in the air or way beyond the vertical. I don't pull him into a frame or anything since that is WRONG but the instructor has me really shorten the reins and focus on keeping him forward (the forward part is good, but the really really short rein isn't...)

    I have managed to get him to use his back at the walk (I feel it lift up and swing and he stretches into the contact) but when we trot and canter, we lose it. I know I'm not doing something right but the instructor keeps saying "That's just him"

    I'm debating trying a different riding school further away.
    Sorry but if he wont do it no matter how you ask then he is NOT a schoolmaster. A true dressage school master will do exactly what you asked for (not what you thought you asked for!) so if you were asking correctly you would get his back round and under you in walk ans trot.

    The last school master I rode was a pain in the proverbial when it came to canter ais. Instructor told me as I got on him that he could make Her look bad when it came to canter but if you got the aids absolutly spot on he would do it!
         
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        06-14-2013, 07:01 AM
      #292
    Started
    I'm working on getting a job so I can afford Dressage lessons
    Jackson and I are still working on actually accepting the bit, softening and lowering his head. I think he spent many years running around with his head up in the air, rider hanging on his mouth. What I'M working on is keeping even pressure on my reins, I have a horrible horrible habit of letting my outside rein go slack if I'm really focusing on something else. We're also working on impulsion and rhythm at walk / trot. He's a completely different horse working at the canter or over fences, very lazy just walk trotting.

    I'll have to keep this thread in mind to throw my questions at some Dressage riders, I didn't even know it was here.
         
        06-15-2013, 01:43 AM
      #293
    Trained
    69% in the PSG from an FEI judge today and lots to clean up for the freestyle tomorrow. Messed up my tempis and was a little bit hurried in some of the work, but otherwise thrilled! Had I gotten my tempis I would have placed better, but was 5th in a field of a dozen international calibre horses, an Olympian and a WEG rider. The scores were very close, winner was a 71% :)
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        06-15-2013, 01:48 AM
      #294
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    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    69% in the PSG from an FEI judge today and lots to clean up for the freestyle tomorrow. Messed up my tempis and was a little bit hurried in some of the work, but otherwise thrilled! Had I gotten my tempis I would have placed better, but was 5th in a field of a dozen international calibre horses, an Olympian and a WEG rider. The scores were very close, winner was a 71% :)
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    Good job! I'm very pleased for you
         
        06-15-2013, 02:23 AM
      #295
    Trained
    Thanks MG!
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        06-16-2013, 08:47 PM
      #296
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by faye    
    Sorry but if he wont do it no matter how you ask then he is NOT a schoolmaster. A true dressage school master will do exactly what you asked for (not what you thought you asked for!) so if you were asking correctly you would get his back round and under you in walk ans trot.

    The last school master I rode was a pain in the proverbial when it came to canter ais. Instructor told me as I got on him that he could make Her look bad when it came to canter but if you got the aids absolutly spot on he would do it!
    You know I tend to agree with you. I don't think he should know any of the lateral movements without accepting basic contact.

    That being said! I tried out a new horse who accepted contact, and though she wasn't as forward I took anebel's instruction on how to correctly ride a horse that needs encouragement to get going, and I studied anebel's post on how to correctly ride a halfpass so when it came time to the halfpass and it was so much better. I felt before having the horse start in haunches in was just confusing. Asking for shoulder fore first, then lateral movement, then bringing the quarters over.. much more fluid. (Again anebel if I got it wrong, let me know)

    I also found that I collpase my hip when I ask for any lateral movement, so I focused on staying balanced and that seemed to help too.

    I really wish I had video though. The way the barn is set up there isn't the ability to put up a tripod without a horse knocking it over as the stalls are literally backed up to the arena.

    I did get a response from the other barn so I'm going to try that barn out.
         
        07-02-2013, 12:30 AM
      #297
    Showing
    Okay I happy to announce that I am starting from square one with a different trainer.

    Anebel you were right. The coach was just putting me through the motions instead of teaching me how to keep it all together (which is extremely difficult)

    So I am going back to w/t/c work with a tried and true Dressage coach. I am sure we won't touch lateral work for a long while because my contact needs more work. My legs are weak, I'm not going to try to sit perfectly or have my toes perfectly forward. It will be "ugly" but hopefully effective riding!
         
        07-03-2013, 02:08 PM
      #298
    Yearling
    Of all things, learning to ride in a dressage saddle :). I am a 30+ yr hunter/jumper rider whose nerves finally caught up with her age. I found out I actually LIKED dressage and had a horse who was decent but not great at it. Knowing I could ride the lower levels in a hunt saddle, never really intending to get too high in the levels, at the time, I continued to use my very flat hunt saddle..plain flap and no knee rolls. I attempted, once, to ride in a dressage saddle and at first outset couldn't post worth a darn..my balance in that saddle was gone, so, I stayed with my hunt saddle. Then, the next horse had a rolling canter that I couldn't sit in my hunt saddle, but, I was remembering what happened with the dressage saddle and was afraid of the lack of balance until, I, uhm, "got used to his movements." So, I went and got an event saddle to help me sit the canter and still have the balance I needed at the trot...again, just until I got used to things. Well, circumstances being what they are I never did get the dressage saddle onto the second horse and being in between horses I figured it was time to cut the hunter umbilical cord and learn to ride in a dressage saddle; fairly important if I want to get to those higher levels. So, today was the first shot and I was pleasantly surprised. I not only had no balance issues but I even dropped my irons a hole. What I am guessing is that the change to a dressage saddle from a completely flat hunt saddle was too much of a change. The switch from event to dressage saddle, however, was much less noticeable.
         
        07-03-2013, 07:55 PM
      #299
    Trained
    Well it's been a good start to show season. A low score of 67% in the I1. All FEI judges. So the big guy gets some R+R, he's out in the half acre of grass right now. Undecided what else I'm going to take him to...
    Kiddo made his second level debut with a 64%. We are home now and still chipping at the suppleness and keeping him over the back - it's definitely coming! I am very tempted to push a little harder for the FEI 6 year old, but I think doing second level well, and then next year coming out doing a great third level will in the long run be better. I'm starting to feel a great PSG from him. Give him 2 years and it will be solid. The short work is just too easy as well!

    So an exciting few weeks with 5 championships for 9 tests ridden - a good ratio I think!
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        07-07-2013, 04:56 AM
      #300
    Weanling
    My 6 year old gelding Gossip has the potential to be a great dressage horse, the floating gaits, the willingness and stuff. Soon I'm just working on building some muscle by going on up and down hills, and really getting him engaged in our riding sessions by doing lots of figures, shapes, transitions. I made a thread asking for help on exercises that might be good for him, if someone would like to check it out!
         

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