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post #11 of 14 Old 10-14-2009, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks

I had forgotton about my question. It was a good reminder of the small progress I've made since then. It comes slow, but at least it comes. I believe I'm about to buy my own horse, so I bet it will come faster when I'm riding one horse considtently.

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-14-2009, 04:44 AM
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It comes in bits and pieces, I think. You can feel leads, then you'll feel diagonals, and oh! A dropped shoulder, and if your horse is in balance.

And then that's when the really cool stuff starts happening, where you can influence the amount of impulsion a horse uses on his hind foot with just your seat. And I'm not talking about asking, waiting, and then getting it--You think about it, and the horse does it when you ask with the lift of your hip. And no grand prix dressage horse needed--mine is a little dinky APHA Hunter Under Saddle horse.

It takes a long time--mainly, it's not really a sense of feeling but a sense of refining the way that you ride and having total sense awareness. Once you're aware of where your body is at all times, you can realize when the horse makes a minute change, or when you just fall out of balance.

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post #13 of 14 Old 10-14-2009, 12:07 PM
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im 17 and been riding since I was 7. In the last year or so I've only just started to get it. However I only ride once a week and don't have my own horse... yet. Theres a woman in my group who is 65 and been riding since she was 50 although she did ride when she was a child. Im not really sure if she'll ever get it but she is deaf in one ear and I think it effects her balance.
I think if you're fit for 50 you'll get it :) but you need to be dedicated

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-17-2009, 09:57 PM
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I can consider myself lucky, my seat and legs and balance have gotten VERY sensative, and with my good trainer, I can tell when he extends, collects, lifts through the ribcage correctly, drops himslef, falls on the forhand etc. I also ride twice a week with my trainer and everyday inbetween that

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