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    06-11-2009, 09:24 PM
I learn so much in this forum! Lol I never seem to be able to see the whole picture O.O
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    06-11-2009, 11:05 PM
Sky and MyBoy- THANK YOU!!!!

So I rode tonight I really concentrated on myself and sat more like I was in western and tried to really pull my legs back more to stay more centered. I know I was doing something different cause I was using muscles that havent been worked too much... lol.

So I spent a lot of time at the walk with flexing and getting her even softer to the bit. She was fighing me to start with (wanted to push her nose out and fought for the reins). I worked on half halts and backing with her and she started carrying her head a little better. Then I went in a trot and really forced myself to not lean forward to push her but to use my legs and I held a constant connection to the bit. April was a bit confused with this and wanted to break into a lope. I slowly pulled back on the reins and got her into the trot.

Once in the trot I held and kept saying "dont lean, don't lean". I continued to do walk trot transitions and kept contact with the mouth. I noticed she was really salivating and licking (not sure if that is a good thing or not). I got a few strides where she didnt fight me with the head and it was like her backend was bumping me up. So I stopped with the troting. We cantered a little and I cooled her down and called it quits.

I know nothing will happen overnight but I have something to build on and it will come. Sady Im out of town this weekend to go to a wedding so I wont be able to ride till Monday. Thanks again and I will keep working on everything.
    06-11-2009, 11:13 PM
Wow, sounds like you made great progress already. If she is chewing on the bit and has a little bit of foam, that's a very good sign that she's happy with the contact. Good for you for being smart enough to call it quits on a good note. You two make a good pair.
    06-11-2009, 11:20 PM
Good for you!

What makes a good rider - one who aknowledges their errors and works on correcting them.

So for that, I applaud you!
    06-14-2009, 05:55 PM
I'm not going to type it all again, but I did a dressage clinic yesterday, and what you're trying to do is exactly what he picked for us to work on. Please read my latest post on Braid for Clinic on the dressage forum.
    06-15-2009, 11:40 AM
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The fact that you have to chant don't lean don't lean riding english cracks me up, only because that is my chant for western! LOL.... UGH!
    06-29-2009, 08:08 AM
So I took April to a show this weekend and we had a much better time. Im thinking she is starting to enjoy going since she behaves better at shows then at home (which isnt the worst thing!!!). We placed third in English Pleasure, sixth in English Equ (our pattern wasn't the best looking... but we got through it), and we got first in halter mares.

Here are a few pics- Looking at myself I think I need to pull my legs back and heels down more, hands need to be up more and my wrists turned up and April needs to reach a bit more underneath. Please feel free to add anything else.

With the training we are learning to get the nose in and keep it there but the extended trot is still not there. Im thinking that once the nose comes the reach will come??? I try driving with my legs but then at the same time Im keeping some pressure with the reins and she gets a little confused... but we are coming along.
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    06-29-2009, 10:38 AM
Congratulations! I'm glad you had fun. One thing about the pictures is that you're hollowing out your back quite significantly. I think you may be trying to fix your leaning problem by pushing your shoulders back, when really you should be tipping your pelvis more upright. With an overly hollow back, your back is more susceptible to injury, and you have a lot less strength through your core (as it's harder to use your abs). With your pelvis more upright, you'll be able to really ride up into the contact and use your seat through half halts. Also, lengthen your sternum and stretch it forward and up.

Also, make sure there's a straight line from your elbows to the bit, so your lines of communication are clear. When your lines are crooked you can pick up unnecessary 'static'.

Great job overall! You're both super cute.
    07-01-2009, 02:01 PM
I would get rid of those draping reins, first of all. Everyone else pretty much said it. Your mare is gorgeous, btw. :)
    07-01-2009, 03:36 PM
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She's darling! You don't look so bad yourself... yip - pull the legs back, get the heels down otherwise you are super cute!

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