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    01-12-2014, 03:01 PM
Green Broke
Not much at the moment as Reeo is a poorly pony!
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    01-13-2014, 02:07 AM
Key is finally over her most recent bout of ulcers, so we are back on track again. Flying changes are on the agenda, along with walk turn about the haunches and half pass in trot! We have our first outing on the weekend, it is just a training day, but I am very excited to be going out and about again (and I am crapping myself, just quietly).

Rhett and I are having our same issues. Maintaining the straightness in his leg yield. He has a tendency to pop out through his shoulder and curl his neck too much to the inside. These friesians! I've never ridden anything like it. He can shorten his neck so much, just to evade work! There is such a fine line to riding him when it comes to rein length, too long and I lose the connection to the outside rein, too short and I jam him up in front. Gaaaahhhhhh!
    01-13-2014, 02:23 AM
Okay so finally got a lesson with Sky.. we're working on forward, engaging those hocks via leg yielding with snappy transitions.. and straightening his dropped shoulders with shoulder fore.

I'm working on following with soft elbows, and keeping hands infront of saddle/above wither. I tend to 'steal' my reins because I'm not used to them being so far infront.

Riding with a whip has been a help..
    01-19-2014, 10:24 PM
I have learned many things over this last weekend. I went to 2 dressage training days, and had an interesting time yesterday with Key.
A. I can't sit trot and remain efficient. - Lots of core strengthening exercises, riding with no stirrups and sitting trot practice required!
B. I need to get her in front of my leg but not running through my hands in canter
C. I need to change my spurs. Key hates them and tries to kick them off my feet. Handstands are not a required movement in dressage.
D. I need to shorten my reins. This has been a problem of mine for as long as I can remember.

Rhett is a simple fix. He needs to lose about 50kg and get fit. Which isn't easy when he shares a paddock with Key, who needs access to hay 24/7 and it's too hot at the moment to ride consistently.
    01-26-2014, 09:21 PM
Working on every little thing from first level to GP.
Perfecting full pirouettes and one tempi changes.
Then getting my 4yr old ready to show first level this year! She was amazing the other day, her trot work was just perfection. Can't wait to see where this year brings us!
    01-27-2014, 02:15 AM
I have been meaning to post vids for a month but I haven't gotten around to filming any yet!! *oops*
Hopefully I can snag someone to operate my camera this week :P

As always, tying up loose ends in the training! I am really focused on getting everyone in "the program" ready for shows this year and this week is test week as the first show is exactly 4 weeks away and I would like a number of lessons between first test ride of the year and show day to iron out the issues that will undoubtedly arise :P
For my horses this means that we get to ride through test snippets a lot and lay off some of the new things we are learning for a while. Hoping to get through the first hump of shows with my big guy at Int B and the kiddo at 3rd 2/3 and then for summer jump to Int 2 and 4th 1/2. Still don't have my show plans ironed down as with the changes in approval for CDIs and the new medium tour, don't know which shows I need to attend for qualifiers yet.. But the plan is still to head south for 2015 and do the CDI circuit so would be nice to do some of the larger shows like Devonwood this year for exposure!
But first, to keep riding and training every day and stay focused on the weekly goals
Might be a good idea to start a thread for "test practice" for everyone??
    01-27-2014, 04:16 AM
Originally Posted by kayleeloveslaneandlana    
Working on every little thing from first level to GP.
Perfecting full pirouettes and one tempi changes.
Then getting my 4yr old ready to show first level this year! She was amazing the other day, her trot work was just perfection. Can't wait to see where this year brings us!
Would love to see some photos of you guys, sounds like you're going great guns! I had no idea you had a horse going GP, you kept that well hidden!
    01-27-2014, 11:29 AM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Would love to see some photos of you guys, sounds like you're going great guns! I had no idea you had a horse going GP, you kept that well hidden!
Yes, once this horrid freezing weather clears up I'll have to get pictures! I've been mostly working intermediare with this horse but she is finally ready for GP!
    01-27-2014, 01:12 PM
Green Broke
This is a really good idea for a tread, and I think I am going to join in. I bought my mare back in November, she just turned 5 in September and is a Belgian draft x Appaloosa. She is currently just shy of 16 hands. Last year she had a two huge grown spurts. Our biggest downfall currently is that she is still butt high. The vet that did her PPE said that being a draft cross and being only 5 she may still grow. There have been a lot of studies in recent years about how all breeds of horses really are still growing until 6 or 7, so I am hopeful.

She was broke out at three, but the previous owner had two other horses that were her favorites so she only got used occasionally. Most of the work that has been done started end of June when the previous owner had to go out of state to be with family and I took over riding her horses. I ended up taking Sydney to three shows last year with mixed results. She does fantastic when she doesn't know any of the horses at the show, but bring along one of the other horses from the barn and she is buddy sour and distracted. That is going to be a big hump to get over this year.

I became her soul rider and started leasing her in September, but it was short lived. I ended up having a little accident with her. I did what we were all taught in Pony Club not to do, I stood directly in front of her, she spooked, and ran me over. I tore my ACL but thank God was not trampled. In November I bought her (I spent most of last year horse shopping), and in December was finally able to get back on her.

Unfortunately I am not working on anything right now, with the weather I haven't been able to get out to the barn in almost a week and a half. I am really hating this winter. Last winter I hardly missed any ride time and I didn't even have an indoor! When I do get to ride I have been working on relaxing my body. I am use to horses that I have to have a lot more contact with (older school type horses), and she does best with the bare minimum of contact. It is a very strange feeling. I love how free flowing she gets when I relax, I don't like feeling like I have no control!

I have also been working really hard on getting her to move forward. She has a rather amazing trot, but her walk is typical pokey stock horse walk. She hasn't had a ton of canter work, so I think that is going to be our next hurtle. The few times I have tried to get her to canter she just gets faster and faster and faster at the trot without actually going into the canter. Anybody have any suggestions in how to teach a baby green horse to canter under saddle? She is the greenest horse I have ever ridden.

Oh, and here is the girl herself:

Free lunging video just for fun:

Despite being a draft cross, she can get pretty feisty when not worked regularly. She is the first horse that I have owned that I feel a little safer letting her run around for a few minutes before getting on.
    01-27-2014, 01:58 PM
Right now rocket and I are working on keeping our distance away from the end poles and getting him to rollback around them

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