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post #1 of 13 Old 06-17-2009, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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exercise on the flat

I need some new flatwork exercises for my pony and me on the flat. I need to improve my trotting diagonals, canter seat, and general seat position. I can work with and without reins and stirrups. I need to work on him responding to my leg. I can do leg yield, turn on the forehand and spiraling circles.

I am also going to try figure eights.
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-17-2009, 03:27 PM
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You could trot serpentines up and down the arena a couple of times, lots of circles, practice going from posting trot to sitting trot etc. Also, I'll do little "patterns" sometimes where I walk to a certain point, then trot to another point, then canter to another point, then come back down to a sitting trot and then halt at my original starting point. I switch it up each time. It helps with boredom and it helps wok on your transitions too.

Also, small cavaletti can be good.
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Lots of transitions. Lengthening, shortening. Do the sitting trot and then go to the posting trot and then go back to sitting after you get your diagonal correct. No stirrups work will definitely help your seat. Concentrate on keeping a straight line from your shoulder to your hip to your heel at all times. Good luck!
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I would definitely recommend doing some no stirrup work (you'll hate it for the first while, but its really really good for developing a strong seat). Also, serpentines and patterns are always good for developing better balance. And when you're doing those kinds of things, concentrate on keeping your upper body in the correct position and not leaning around turns.
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If you can learn shoulderfore or shoulder in, I found a good one that helps balance the horse. Walk the short end of the arena using proper flexion, coming out of the short end, transition into shoulder-in at the walk. After 4 or 5 good steps, proceed forward straight across the diagonal at the trot. Come back to walk at the rail, repeat the other direction. It's basically figure 8's only with gait changes and a lateral movement built in. You can also ride the short end in a slight leg yeild. Anything to encourage hind end engagement.
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You can work on turning insted of bending. Bending is way over done and you need to learn how to turn the horse before you work on bending. Do figures like 4 sided to 12 sided figures and try to keep the horse straight as you go around the corrners insted of bending. Suprising this will help you get a nice bend out of the horse eventually.

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try to keep the horse straight as you go around the corrners insted of bending. Suprising this will help you get a nice bend out of the horse eventually.
Really ?

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-25-2009, 04:34 PM
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I learned it from Dressage trainer Heather Blitz. She was talking about how many people confuse bending and turning. They are different. And you need to know how to turn your horse, then how to bend your horse.

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Really ?

Please elaborate on this revelation.
I think going straight helps too. Just don't let the hind end get away from you, kind of how I do when I do serpentines. I mean, I bend as well, but keeping the hind end straight rather than bending it is really helpful.
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I learned it from Dressage trainer Heather Blitz. She was talking about how many people confuse bending and turning. They are different. And you need to know how to turn your horse, then how to bend your horse.

There is bending and there is turning and there is even flexing but straightness must be kept during the whole process whether the horse is on a bend (the arc of a circle) a turn (like a turn on the hind or fore) or flexed (flexion at the poll) and unless you KNOW what all of this means just throwing out words with no substance means nothing.
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