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post #461 of 511 Old 03-26-2014, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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Picup, I can sympathise with your canter issue mate!!! I used to really struggle to sit back and trust myself and my horse in canter after I lost my nerve as a teenager riding a mare that would take off and buck in canter. It's just a matter of consciously correcting yourself and perhaps trying a monkey strap to feel when you're pulling.

Well, the joys of a breaker! As much as I miss the 'fun stuff' I forgot how rewarding young horses are.
I took Billy to a friends today and put him in a group lesson with a few beginner riders on her school horses. Just to test the waters with having horses being ridden around him. He wasnt phased in the slightest, though was very curious about a little appy pony that slightly resembles a cow!! He didn't quite know what to make of him ;)
The work was great, just trotting around the arena going between the school horses, weaving between cones down the centre line with them etc. All lovely and forward, active, nice long rein that he was more than happy to reach into.

Day off tomorrow, as much as I wish I could ride him every day!!!!
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post #462 of 511 Old 03-26-2014, 11:06 AM
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Lenny arrives on friday morning!
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post #463 of 511 Old 03-30-2014, 06:12 PM
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I'm starting to kick things into extra-high show mode gear. My first recognized show of the year is coming up in just over 5 weeks!! It never ceases to amaze me how you think you have all the time in the world and then all of a sudden winter is over (well...kind of...thanks Canada haha) and off you go to your first show!!

My boy has been doing excellent as of recently. We spent last week going back down to the basics and working on coming through his back and using his body extra well and extra properly. I really like taking the time to go back to the basics to re-confirm them between the upper level work.
Yesterday I finally got some excellent lines of tempi-changes for the first time in a while. We were/are struggling with the right-to-left change being one step late behind but I'm starting to figure it out. His training pirouettes are coming along well and he gave me some decent ones last night as well!

Last lesson my coach told me that we're doing 4th level at our upcoming show. I don't have a choice haha! I think we'll have a solid test but perhaps some minor boo-boos like a late change or larger pirouettes. I can't wait to get him out and see how it goes :). I'm hoping for mid-high 60's out the gate, break a 70 by mid-summer and maybe test run PSG by the end of the summer!!
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post #464 of 511 Old 04-03-2014, 01:00 PM
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I hate being that person that posts twice in a row on the same thread but I just have to share!

My horse has been fabulous this week. Yesterday we had an incredible ride...he was beautifully round through his body and super uphill. He gave me some awesome little half steps and lateral work annnnd.....

We did our first ever 2 tempi's together!! I had done them a handful of times on my pony and my coach worked on them with him last time she rode him (it's an infrequent thing, so she plays lots when she gets a hold of him haha), but it was the first time we had done it together. I'm so thrilled!!! We worked 4's, 3's and the 2's yesterday and it went beautifully (once I wrapped my brain around the count change, of course). I'm so proud

We have our favourite clinician coming in this weekend and she hasn't seen my boy for a few years. Last time I rode with her we hadn't even started walk-canter transitions, so he was still very green. Every clinic since then either he or I have been sick or injured, so I can't wait to see what she thinks of him now! If it goes well I might just have to upload some video
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post #465 of 511 Old 04-06-2014, 08:19 PM
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Amazing, amazing clinic this weekend. Just wow.

I got that new flood of information "high" that just keeps me going... I have quite literally never experienced a coach or clinic like this. Just world world class and able to break things down so simply, and effectively. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to ride with this coach and I'm so very excited to continue into international dressage, what a journey.
I now just wish I had a few more horses! Got home from the clinic today and had AMAZING results at home - I now want to be in the saddle all night.

This is the end of kicking, I have already killed pulling, totally the death for me of pedestrian riding and now into the true art of dressage. GAH I am so excited!!!
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post #466 of 511 Old 04-07-2014, 11:48 AM
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So, who taught the clinic?
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post #467 of 511 Old 04-07-2014, 07:28 PM
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Anebel, that is fantastic! 8D Sounds like you had a fantastic clinic. I think they're so great for learning.

I'm finally riding again. Right now, I'm just trying to manage the fine line between not riding at all, and being in immense amounts of pain x.o

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post #468 of 511 Old 04-09-2014, 12:53 AM
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Well, Key and I are still getting the hang of this self carriage thing. When we get it, the work is amazing. When we don't, it's really difficult to not get frustrated and start trying to carry her again. But it's only early days yet, and the nice work is proof that it is working. On the plus side, I got some sensational balanced counter canter yesterday, which has been a bit of a downfall of ours (that hanging on thing again!!!)

We have our first comp in 5 weeks and I've not decided whether we compete at Elementary as well as Novice, which I need to do asap so that I can put my freestyle together and organise the music so that I can practice!

Rhett is back in work after tearing a muscle in his hind quarters, but only at walk for the next couple of weeks while I slowly start bringing his fitness back up again. I am so bored!
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post #469 of 511 Old 05-20-2014, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Billy has been out for the last 3 weeks due to bad weather and cruddy shifts at work. - night shift then into days/arvos coming up to a full moon. Yes, the loonies do go ballistic on a full moon!!

Anyway, he's had a few sessions on the lunge and is going sweetly so hopped on today. Tractor dumping round bales in the paddock beside the arena, horses going bunta and my coach galloping her 6 year old up the long sides... He took it like an old hat!

Grabbed a crop as a 'forward incentive' and just rode cowboy style to get the go, stop and turn buttons solid. 10 minute ride all up, but the little devil is apparently rather talented - 5 loop serpentines with no reins, got correct bend and balance on the second set and starting to develop lateral submission... Finished him there!
I have a very excited coach convinced he is a GP prospect . Hence, doing next to nothing with him.
Currently 3 1/2 and still happy to cowboy him on minimal contact.
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post #470 of 511 Old 05-20-2014, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by SarahAnn View Post
I am new to dressage, and English riding in general. BUT what I am working on (I know as simple as it is,) is keeping my heels down and not looking down and to the left. My trainer says every time I get tired or the going gets rough, I look down at the horse's left shoulder. I watched a video of my last lesson and it's really ridiculous how often I do it. I would like to figure out how to post videos on here so maybe I could get some pointers from some of you folks. Here is a picture of what I do:

Anyone know why I might have a tendency to do this?
About the heels down, I didn't really understand the whole concept until lately when I've been trying to get a more stretched out dressage sorta seat. It's like something is pulling my head and the top of my body up into the sky. Something is pulling my belly button forward. Something else is pulling my legs down. The longer and straighter I can get my legs, the easier it is to stabilize myself. When my legs are long and stable, my heel just naturally is down. When I was thinking "heels down heels down" it's like my entire leg from my hip to my ankle were just flopping around. And thats the whole thing I ended up needing to focus on to get my heels to just be down on their own.

*now watch someone come along and say thats wrong too.. <shifty eyes>*

EDIT: (cough) so umm yea I just noticed you posted that two years ago. So how's your riding now? Way more advanced than mine, LOL!

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