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post #51 of 52 Old 02-22-2012, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa View Post
If your horse does not require a seat aid between two jumps, you are riding too much on your hands and heels. The seat should be far more important.
The whole point of the hunter discipline is to have a horse that is easy to jump on - one that doesn't constantly need its stride length or frame adjusted. If the horse has a good natural stride, then unless the course is purposely set to make an odd distance (which hunter courses normally aren't), the horse shouldn't need any seat aids while on course.
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post #52 of 52 Old 02-22-2012, 07:43 PM
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I had the great good fortune to audit a clinic by Lucinda when she was still Prior-Palmer, and before she had four names.

Besides being enormously entertaining, modest and very funny, she was very, very solid in her fundamentals, and talked at great length about some of the topics we've discussed here - the importance of getting out of the tack and letting the horse gallop on without interference, the importance of staying out of the horse's way except when absolutely necessary and how forgiving our horses can be if we give them the chance.

I have her autograph on a copy of her eventing book, I brought my copy to the clinic and she signed it, very graciously.
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