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        12-12-2010, 02:49 PM
    I finally figured out what i've been doing wrong.

    I brought my horse back into work about a year ago, during that time i've been focussed on him and how he's progressing, so focussed in fact that I forgot about one of the important parts of riding, the rider!

    Recently I took video of me riding in the hopes that I could see where I was going wrong and if I could fix it, I posted still from the video on the forum and got some really great advice.

    Yesterday I rode for the first time in about 2 weeks (bad weather stopped me riding as our outdoor was really slippery) and decided to focus completely on me and my position for the entire ride. I pulled my leg back, had a good contact with his mouth with my arms in the correct position, tried to use my core muscles more and actually looked where I was going. It was like riding a completely different horse, Phoenix came off his forehand, lowered his head and actually listened to me. He was a little fast because he's been a pasture potato for two weeks but I think that helped, because he was going and actually forward for a change he was giving more from behind and was going on the bit for the first time since I brought him back into work.

    I was so pleased. Something so simple I wish i'd videoed myself a year ago.
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        12-12-2010, 09:01 PM
    It's amazing what putting your own head in the right spot will do! Once I started looking in ´ncrements around my turns, rather than cranking my head, our whole package became much more balanced.

    Glad you figured it out now, even if it seems late to you.
        12-12-2010, 09:55 PM
    It's so logical it's almost too hard to figure out! I don't have an instructor to constantly remind me about my position so it just went out of the window and I never dreamed that my laziness would be having such a huge effect on my poor horse.

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