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post #11 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, All! I so much appreciate the nice words!

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

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post #12 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I raise old school QHs, you won't find any halter horses here lol! My gpa started the farm with the last living son of Poco Dell in the early 60s. Besides my Poco Bueno bred horses born here I have a grandson of Continental King, & some Peppy San Badger, Poco Tivio, & Smart Little Lena lines. I like horses made for working!
The sorrel mare I'm riding is foundation QH: Driftwood/Poco Bueno/Doc Bar. Thats why I asked about your nickname. Several trainers told me she's useless badly built QH that will never make it into dressage.
So far I have plans to compete her (God bless my current trainer who believed in us and made ME to believe).

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
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post #13 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Looking great!
Bringing them back in, (if reasonably fit already) my biggest focus is re-establishing 'go, stop and turn'. Just at walk until the horse's fitness increases. Lots of walk-halt-walk transitions, turning off your seat, etc. - basically you want everything to come from your seat ;)
Then the same at trot, slowly adding some figures such as serpentines, loops etc.

As for a critique, well I'll just pick on you as your horse is just coming back into work :P
Not a hell of a lot to pick on - you've improved out of sight!
Beautiful solid upper body and it looks like you've certainly worked out your core strength.
Nice soft hands, carried just above the wither and forward - lovely lovely lovely.
You appear to have a slight chair seat, so just concentrate on releasing your knees (think of pushing your knees down rather than heels) and just allowing your weight to sink. This will also fix the slight outward twist of your foot. In a couple of the photos your right shoulder is dropped slightly and you are collapsed over the hip - just don't let this become muscle memory, focus on keeping yourself straight and even through both sides of your body.

Lovely!!
Thank you, Kayty! I highly respect your opinion and advices, so I'm very proud to hear all these words from you!

Yes, there are LOTS of improvements for me (as well as my mares) so we are just working on everything slowly. And definitely I'll post more pics for real critique as I'll build all muscles back and we'll be working on usual routine. I'm SO thankful to my trainer (I work with since last Aug). Without her we wouldn't be able to be where we are at.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

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post #14 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 08:52 AM
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After reading that I had to go back and look at the sorrel mare again. She is really cute and looks to like her job. She looks to be rounding nicely. I don't know a lot about dressage but she looks like she can do it to me.
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post #15 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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After reading that I had to go back and look at the sorrel mare again. She is really cute and looks to like her job. She looks to be rounding nicely. I don't know a lot about dressage but she looks like she can do it to me.
Thanks, Tamara! I went through 4 or 5 different trainers (all recommended to me) with her each telling me how useless she is and will NEVER be able to travel round. I was almost about to give up and only folks on this forum (Kayty, Allison, Hoofprints just to name some) encouraged me to still keep looking and trying, so I decided to give it a last try (with my current trainer). Now yes, she does NOT have the perfect confo (I'm totally aware of it) and won't be able to compete in higher levels, but still she can improve and do the low-level shows.

Here is how we looked like last Aug before I started working with my current trainer (I definitely look like total beginner as well as my horse even after all these lessons with different instructors ):
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post #16 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 03:00 PM
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Thats the reason why I have given up on the dressage. Its so hard and I was taking lessons for $55 and feeling like I wasn't getting anywhere. I want to be able to ride my own horses but with my level of riding and them having their conformation going against them it just was not working out. I did give it about 6 months but not having much time to practice in between lessons and not totally understanding what I should be practicing made it just too frustrating. My trainer is very good and should I decide to give it a try again when my kids are older I will get back with her. Sorry to ramble on but I just know how proud you should really feel because I couldn't make it that far. LOL!
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post #17 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 03:23 PM
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The sorrel mare I'm riding is foundation QH: Driftwood/Poco Bueno/Doc Bar. Thats why I asked about your nickname. Several trainers told me she's useless badly built QH that will never make it into dressage.
So far I have plans to compete her (God bless my current trainer who believed in us and made ME to believe).
LOVE IT! My sorrel mare, Jana, was formally trained as a reiner but was asked to do everything for me as a kid. (She's 23 now, she's been here since she was born) When I showed in 4-H & AQHA with her, she did it all! It always angered the jumpers when my 14'2" tank quarter horse smoked them in the timed jump offs, the old girl would still go 3'6" if you pointed her to it! It also angered the full time contesters when she could bend a set of poles in 20 flat too

They are very versatile animals. I've yet to find something that she would tell me no to doing. I love that you are doing dressage with her, that's the one thing I've never done aside from riding one of the touring Lipizan stallions at his winter barn when I was on vacation. I will be with you in thought when you put her in the arena! The front of the Quarter Horse Journal a couple months ago was a dressage rider. When I saw that I jokingly said maybe that's what my Woodstock should do, he has this amazingly gorgeous extended trot that looks like he could pick daisies all day long....maybe I should consider it more seriously

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #18 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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I want to be able to ride my own horses but with my level of riding and them having their conformation going against them it just was not working out.
If I (the beginner) with horse with no formal training could progress I'm absolutely positive you can do too! Although kids do take lots of time and always a 1st priority. I hope you'll have more time when they'll grow a little so you can try again!

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post #19 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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I will be with you in thought when you put her in the arena!
Ha-ha! I'll let you know if I win something! Lol! Although I don't hold my breath as of yet.

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The front of the Quarter Horse Journal a couple months ago was a dressage rider. When I saw that I jokingly said maybe that's what my Woodstock should do, he has this amazingly gorgeous extended trot that looks like he could pick daisies all day long....maybe I should consider it more seriously
Why not? Just give it a try - may be YOU'll be on front of the journal too! In fact my trainer's 5 yo she just started is QH cross (she bred her mare to foundation QH stud). He looks awesome (nice confo, mind, and color), and she has big expectations for him.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
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post #20 of 24 Old 05-20-2011, 07:48 PM
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KV, despite the crazy weather that you describe, your place just looks like a wonderland to me - whether it is covered in snow, looking green or turning brown in Autumn, so jealous it hurts.

I just wanted to say that you look like you are giving your girls a beautiful ride, both horses look relaxed and happy and your hands are soft and elastic. I can't believe the change in only a year, you should hang on to that trainer she sounds like a keeper!

Keep doin what you're doin I say!

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