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post #321 of 511 Old 09-16-2013, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Frlsfirl - sounds like you just worked out how to engage your core, well done! Now keep that seem feeling not only in the sitting trot but in all of your work and I guarantee your horse will go a heck of a lot better ;)
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post #322 of 511 Old 09-23-2013, 11:51 AM
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I have started taking dressage lessons 3 weeks ago and we're working on rather basic things: transitions, leg yielding, shoulder in, these things. My horse is cooperating nicely, the only thing she has is that she likes to lean on the bit.
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post #323 of 511 Old 09-23-2013, 02:17 PM
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Recently started riding my mom's horse (Pippa) as well as my green bean (cloud) to work on some more advanced dressage skills that my horse just isn't at yet.

Had a great lesson with the mare over the weekend- worked on leg yield, bending, stretching, staying on the bit, lots of those basic fundamentals. It was just really nice having a horse that could put it all together when I asked for it, and not having to train, teach and reward every little thing! I feel more confident that even while Cloud isn't there yet- he's well on his way and Pippa can teach me the correct 'feel' for it when he does finally get there :)
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post #324 of 511 Old 09-23-2013, 02:31 PM
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I'm working on training my pony up for PSG/I1. It's going very well, I just need to up his fitness. We got out first 2-tempis the other day and last lesson he gave me 5 2's no problem! We also did the I1 canter half-pass zig-zag a couple weeks ago which he didn't find too hard at all (it helps that he's about 2 feet long when collected...he fits the zig-zag in pretty easily :P ). It's very exciting. We're also working a little piaffe/passage work with him which he's catching on to better day by day. Everything is improving each ride which is what we want! I can't wait for next show season, he might not be overly competitive in the ring at that level but it will be a fun experience :)
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post #325 of 511 Old 09-23-2013, 03:13 PM
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With Little Mare:
- rhythm and straightness
- problem solving on her own (ie getting a bad distance to a canter pole means she has to rock back and split them, not break stride)
- no is never the answer
- hacking out is lots of fun!

Big Mare:
- riding every stride to the base of the fence
- jelly elbows
- bending and flexing through her barrel
- laterals

- weight through the tops of my calves, not too much in the heel (I've got the flexibility I need, now need to focus on getting the weight right)
- focusing on 2-3 things to work on, letting go of "perfect"
- I'm riding 2-4 different horses on a regular basis now, which I'm super excited about!
- keeping my muscles engaged without locking up, especially through my core
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post #326 of 511 Old 10-02-2013, 06:10 PM
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I just started my lessons back up so we are working on foundational stuff. We are going to start riding without stirrups/reins to work on my seat, which is all over the place right now! I'm very happy with how things are going right now.

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post #327 of 511 Old 10-23-2013, 01:09 AM
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Winter training has definitely started. I had a clinic last weekend, and one coming up this weekend as well. As well I have contacted Christine Traurig to start a series in 2014.
I've aimed my sights at PAG 2015 on the PRE I am riding. Currently working on him to increase suppleness, strength and getting him straight through his changes. I have 12 months to get him successfully going PSG. And have to obtain an FEI passport, all my permissions and a qualifying score to declare - as well as plan which CDIs to attend to qualify. It will be a totally new experience for me and I am so grateful to the owner of the horse for allowing me to ride him at such a high level!
My current FEI horse has been posted for sale :( It is heartbreaking as he has taught me so much but I am looking forward to selling him on to someone looking to learn the ropes on a very safe, committed and talented PSG/I1 horse with plenty of years left in him.
With the proceeds I am hoping to buy a young horse with the breeding, movement and rideability required for an international GP prospect. With this horse I would be aiming for Tokyo 2020.

It is an exciting time!! But stressful to think about all the time and monetary commitment required :( Wish me luck!! This winter is all about moving forward and advancing my own riding to the next level I hope everyone else has similar goals in always advancing their riding!! Learning is the best thing we can all do for ourselves!

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post #328 of 511 Old 10-24-2013, 12:19 PM
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Good luck anebel! That's exciting :)
Well Charlotte managed to get herself stall rest for three months, but a couple of weeks ago we finally got the go-ahead from the vet to start bringing her back into work. So it's mainly been lots of basic work, trying to get her back to where she was physically. Everything's going really well :)
Granted, she's not the only one who needs to get fit again. I am definitely feeling the time off!
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post #329 of 511 Old 10-24-2013, 12:24 PM
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I'm working on getting my horse back here to CO..? :/

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post #330 of 511 Old 10-25-2013, 10:44 AM
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Good luck with that Zex. It's hard not being with your buddy, I hope you can make that happen soon!

We are working on rhythm, straightness, suppleness through the transitions and learning that being stretchy is good! I'm so proud of how much Max is improving- he is such a quick learner!

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