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post #1 of 8 Old 04-12-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wink What do you think of this mare?

This is a mare I am trying!
She just turned 6, she's what we call an uncomplicated green. She's quite good but last night she was a little fresh due to the weather.

Here is a video of her last week:

And here is last night!
Lesson 4/11/12 - YouTube

She has difficulty with her right bend and the right lead. So in the video above we were working on getting her to accept the bend and get her more supple (:

Also sorry my leg is sliding up on her shoulder..I used the wrong saddle pad..as this second video is only my second time riding with my new trainer and i don't really know what tack to use...OOPS haha

Give me your honest input!!!!

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-12-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and Im a hunter/eq rider!

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-12-2012, 12:53 PM
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You look very good on her!
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-12-2012, 01:03 PM
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The mare is lovely. Just don't try to force her head down by lowering your hands too much. She's a keeper!
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-12-2012, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thats a great tip!!!!! Funny thing was I wasn't trying to force her head down.. Just asking for a bend! I will work on that Hahah shes such a doll!! Any thing else?
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-12-2012, 04:10 PM
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So to ask for a (right) bend - push right hip forward (helps straighten and strengthen inside leg, giving her something to bend around) and the when she gets heavier on the right rein (or too straight) turn thumb to outside (1/4 way) to the outside away from horses neck.

To the right it's like "turning a key in the lock". Thumb (which was straight up and down) is now pointing to the right, rest of arm (and left hand/rein/arm) do NOT move.

Don't "hold" it there for long - just periodically "turn the key" with that hand to encourage a bend in that direction, then release it (otherwise you are holding her head/eck and she's stronger than you). I like to ensure I really engage my inside hip and leg at the same time I turn the key.

When bending left thumb also is turned (1/4 way) to outside - this time to the left.

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-15-2012, 10:33 PM
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You look so good on her! Your position is great, one thing I would do though is keep your hands closer together and loosen your reins just a tad bit! My trainer always tells me "keep those hands closer and loosen those reins" because I tend to pull on the reins and lift my arms out and up to hold my balance, lol. Other than that, you two look awesome! :) She's a beautiful horse.

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post #8 of 8 Old 04-16-2012, 12:35 AM
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Beautiful mare!
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