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        05-23-2014, 10:21 PM
      #471
    Weanling
    Just started trotting on little Ana while on the lunge. For having spent her five years of life as a pasture puff, she sure is a smart and fun little horse. We are working on bending and softening on a long rein. Also, lots of desensitizing. We have mastered the big blue tarp both in hand and while lunging. I'll have to post pictures soon. She is such a character.
         
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        05-25-2014, 05:08 PM
      #472
    Green Broke
    Well I sat on lenny for the first time yesterday,
    Started off long reining him, then chucked wesley over him and on him for a bit. Then a friend came and held him whilst I leant over him, he was so not bothered by hanging all over him that he decided that eating wesley's stuffing (straw) was a better use of his time. So I sat on him side saddle (on a dressage saddle) and my freind led him on a circle, he was more concerned with biting my friends arms than with what I was doing on his back!
    So back to the mounting block and I leant over and quietly snuck a leg over.
    Friend then led him in a cricle and he took a good nip a her arm but was totaly unconcerned bout me shifting my weight around up there!

    Friend is alright, just a few nip marks but she said she didnt want to smack him in the chops whilst I was on board him for the first time! Which is a good thing although I now have to work on stopping him nipping people
         
        05-26-2014, 01:19 PM
      #473
    Green Broke
    Trotted on lenny today! He is such a chilled lad he realy doesnt give a toss at anything I'm doing on his back!!
    Chief photographer was in attendance today so I actualy have videos!!!

    1st trot!

    2nd trot and rising trot!
         
        06-07-2014, 04:10 PM
      #474
    Green Broke
    Well here is a video of Lennys 3rd ride off the lunge!
    I'm riding like a sack of spuds and he has a tendancy to drop behind the verticle as an evasion to going forwards, so I carry my hands quite high and wide to get his head up, at this point I'd far rather him pokey nosed but forward as opposed to backing off and curling behind the bit!
    But hey not bad! Just need to sort me out now
         
        06-09-2014, 01:17 AM
      #475
    Foal
    I think you're being a bit hard on yourself there Faye!

    I have my second official comp this weekend, and it's our first Official Elementary too. I'm working with my coach on techniques to help me with my stage fright, so hopefully that will help me on the day.

    Key and I are working on (still, always) maintaining self carriage in all aspects of our training. It's a fault that I have, she is more than capable to work in self carriage, I like to micro-manage and find myself not allowing her to. I'm getting much better with allowing it to happen now. As a result we are getting much more swing and relaxation in her work. Funny that. Having a small issue with the walk about the haunches turns, our campdrafting background tends to turn them into rollbacks if I don't really concentrate on keeping the forwards. Hopefully we will be starting work on flying changes after the comp.

    Rhett is still in rehab mode. He has some hind quarter issues from a poorly fitted saddle that have been made worse by being somewhat overweight. So we are doing lots of straight lines, pole work, slopes etc and slowly dropping the weight while improving his hind quarter strength. Boring, but gives me plenty of time to concentrate on fixing my position issues while we go round and round the arena.
         
        06-09-2014, 02:25 AM
      #476
    Trained
    Geez Faye, you're sitting on a breaker mate!! You're not expected to look beautiful!!!
    I'll have to put up some photos of my latest canter attempts on billy, poor sod struggles a but with maintaining it so I'm leaning forward, hands forward and high to keep his head up doing pony clubs kids to send him forward!!!

    Breakers break your position haha
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        06-09-2014, 04:01 PM
      #477
    Green Broke
    Thanks guys, I'm super critical of my own riding and all I can see in the videos is unsteady hands and heels that are creeping up.
    Sometimes I need a kick to tell me it isnt as bad as I think it is

    Anyway on to todays update!

    I have a amazing little horsey, we cantered on purpose this evening for the first time and he was an angel! So balanced and already round and up hill in the canter! Lovely rocking horse canter which didn't jar my bad back! I was able just to sit up and go with it, felt like I was sitting on an established horse!

    We had a slight steering issue at one point where we nearly ended up in a wall! Simply because Lenny was so busy organising his legs he didnt listen to me desperatly trying to steer him untill he looked forwards, spotted the wall and swerved!!

    After that he started to listen to me when I said turn!

    But I love love love his canter!
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        06-19-2014, 05:02 PM
      #478
    Green Broke
    Took Lenny to a show on sunday with the intention of sitting on him and potentialy doing a walk trot class. Unfortunatly he was not in the right frame of mind to attempt a trot but we did at least get him walking round the show field (and got 2 nice red rosettes earlier in the day in the inhand classes). Doing a class on him was a bit too ambitious for a horse who was first sat on 3weeks ago, but i'm over the moon with him anyway

    This is us at the beggining of walking him round, I'd been on him for less than 2 minutes at this stage! My OH is walking with me as Lenny started panicing when he went away!
    Lenny - YouTube

    The "thats him at his worst" comment was because he had just done a sit down and go the other way on me!

    Today I scrambled onboard him with no one to hold him and got some nice walk and canter work! The trot work is a bit dodgey and inclined to head straight into walls but we are getting there! Lenny is somewhat inclined ot be a bit lazy but holding a schooling whip is enough to have him going forwards a the meer hint that I might flick it towards his backside. Working now on not having to use my voice as well as my legs!
         
        06-22-2014, 01:30 PM
      #479
    Green Broke
    Well This is Lenny exactly 4 weeks after he was sat on for the first time!

    He is doing incredibly well in my oppinion! I need to carry my hands higher as he goes much better when I do!
         
        06-25-2014, 05:50 AM
      #480
    Super Moderator
    I've been working on getting Gilda (who I backed last year, but we are taking tings very slowly) to our first dressage test which we did last weekend. Considering it was only her 2nd ever outing anywhere she behaved so well, coping with a first time in an indoor school to seeing cones, walking through a strange yard and dressage letters

         

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