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        02-02-2014, 08:51 PM
      #441
    Foal
    Well, it's been a really eventful week for me and my ponies! Key and I were offered sponsorship from an equine massage therapist, so that is really exciting, but puts a bit of added pressure on us to do well. We are working on our walk pirouettes and half pass, plus I need to work on relaxing in sitting trot so that we can get our medium and extended trot properly. At the moment, my back tenses and my shoulder blades come up around my ears and it all goes to pot. But I will get there, I just need to strengthen my core and adjust my position slightly and it will be all good. :)

    Rhett has taken a bit of a backwards step as his saddle isn't fitting properly at the moment, which is tipping me back and putting pressure on his already weak stifles, so we are back to fitness work and pole work in had until the saddle fitter can come out. I have knocked 30kgs off of him though, which will help with the stifles. Only about 50kg more to go and I will be happy!
         
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        02-03-2014, 03:17 PM
      #442
    Green Broke
    Finally back to riding this week. Managed three rides in a row! The biggest issue that Sydney seems to have is that she does not retain things for long periods of time. Anybody else have this issue? Any suggestions? She is still green, but even two weeks off and some of the issues we had worked through and were doing well with before our forced hiatus are now issues again.

    Last nights ride was all about "getting over" the BO's tractor being parked in the arena. Her tractor is parked in the arena most of the winter, but disappeared for a while to get some work done. Now its back and was clearly horse eating! I only did walk work because she was getting more and more worked up about the tractor. When she finally relaxed and was able to walk by the tractor both directions I called it a night. Glad nobody was around, I was talking to her the entire time to keep myself calm and to try and get her mind off the stupid tractor!
         
        02-09-2014, 05:11 AM
      #443
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Does she canter while lunging?
    So I can finally answer this question. Yes she can canter on the lunge and also knows how to lunge really nicely.
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        02-09-2014, 11:27 AM
      #444
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    So I can finally answer this question. Yes she can canter on the lunge and also knows how to lunge really nicely.
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    So she doesn't lean on the lunge at all? And you said she's funny about transitions under saddle? What does she do?
         
        02-09-2014, 10:28 PM
      #445
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    So she doesn't lean on the lunge at all? And you said she's funny about transitions under saddle? What does she do?
    Nope no leaning, and picked it right up. Under saddle she just goes into a really fast trot instead of picking up the canter.
         
        02-09-2014, 10:54 PM
      #446
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    Nope no leaning, and picked it right up. Under saddle she just goes into a really fast trot instead of picking up the canter.
    Slow her back down to a halt. Back her butt up.. try again. She's testing you..

    You can slow down to a really really really slow trot and giving the canter cues but saying can-ter so she understands what you want.

    OR if she trots fast then go back to the halt, back up or turn into a tight circle. Something that will get her mind thinking "that was not the right answer"
         
        02-09-2014, 11:04 PM
      #447
    Foal
    I had a lesson on the weekend with my dressage coach and she really noticed the difference in my position, which is great. The changes I've made are pretty much second nature now, so I'm really happy with that. More half-pass and walk pirouettes, more counter canter (my position lets us down here, I revert and it unbalances her a bit), lots of canter-walk, walk-canter transitions to make them less abrupt and hopefully at my next lesson we will work on flying changes. I also start my training program that my is a part of my sponsorship deal, so that is really exciting! I think my first comp will be in April, so I have enlisted the help of a musically talented friend to help me put the music together for our freestyles, now I just need to put a test together.
         
        02-19-2014, 06:36 PM
      #448
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Slow her back down to a halt. Back her butt up.. try again. She's testing you..

    You can slow down to a really really really slow trot and giving the canter cues but saying can-ter so she understands what you want.

    OR if she trots fast then go back to the halt, back up or turn into a tight circle. Something that will get her mind thinking "that was not the right answer"
    I have been having the BO get on her and do some "training" rides (she breaks out a couple horses a year on the side) and working her canter. She has been getting her to pick up the canter better and better, but I am still not having any luck. Tomorrow if I continue to have no luck she is going to put us on the lunge to see if we can sort it out.
         
        03-11-2014, 10:27 PM
      #449
    Foal
    I've been umming and ahhing about the coaches I've been using. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either of them as coaches, but I felt like I needed a change.

    My main coach I've been with for years now, and I feel that we've become friends rather than coach and student, and I've been paying her for us to gossip rather than work. Which is partly my fault, I'm happy to stop and gossip but it's not helping me progress.

    The other coach gets some fantastic work out of us, but in the last 2 or 3 lessons I've had with her she's been rather negative about my mare and her prospects. I know that she's never going to be competitive once we hit the higher levels, I'm happy with that. Unfortunately the coach isn't able to accept that I would rather have a go with my mare than get rid of her and buy something else (that she's found for me, she's also a dealer). Also, Key works beautifully in the lessons, but she doesn't enjoy working the way that the coach is asking us to.

    So I made the decision to try a new coach. I wanted to go with someone that is able to work with us on the flat and also over fences, so I was looking at the top local Eventers that also coach. I booked a lesson with Sophie after watching her do a demonstration at an open clinic. I had my first lesson on Monday, and it was great! Her way of teaching really suits my way of learning. We went right back to basics. I worked on sharpening up the stop and go buttons, which in turn made our lateral work and transitions so much more crisp and precise. I'm really happy that I've made the switch, and my mare felt so much happier during the lesson as well :)
         
        03-17-2014, 10:09 PM
      #450
    Trained
    Second ride back on Billy after he was turned out for 10 weeks after the breakers. I am so pleased with him, he has learnt very quickly that I expect him to have a brain while on the lunge, and that is transferring to work under saddle by the feel of him.
    He will come out in true young horse fashion, piaffing and blowing while being hooked up for a lunge, takes off for a few steps then rethinks and settles down. He is working beautifully in side reins, really stretching forward and soft, lateral flexion starting to come and staying balanced if I bring the circle in a little then spiral out.

    Under saddle I'm really just making sure that I've got my stop, go and turn buttons again. Second ride today and he is stopping almost entirely to my seat now, and is super sharp off the leg to turn. I'm doing sharp turns on him, almost a turn on the haunches, to keep him thinking and get quick reactions, and all I am needing to do is open my inside rein and tap my outside leg then leave him alone.

    I made a point of working him today in the round yard while my coach rode out in the arena. He's a bit horse shy so I'll just have to keep making a point of working him in company.

    He's growing again - looking very much like a rangy bum high scrawny tb. Looks like he'll easily go 16.1h :)
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