06-26-2010, 04:22 PM
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Well, I had a great lesson today! We did strait dressage and I was thrilled with the outcome!
My Coach worked primarily with me and my hands and my rein length. She gave me great analagies that helped me allow my hands work independantly from my arms so that when I had a connection with Nelson due to shorter reins, I wasn't stiff.
I had to imagine my hands no longer belonging to me, but to Nelson so therefore they must beable to move with his head and work with him, not against him.
So we started out on a long rein doing long and low and doing a decent warm up where we did half passes and turns on the haunches and fore and some shoulder in's and out's - then we worked on shorter rein length.
At first, Nelson started to grind his teeth real loudly, which was a result of how stiff I was. He was doing what I asked, but he was showing his distaste for it - so when my Coach had me soften my arms and had me work on having my hands work independantly, he changed his behaviour and become much softer in the poll and jaw.
Then we merged into trot work and canter work.
We had it very nice at the trot - at first he sucked back and wouldn't track up, so I had to work on getting that energy back through my inside leg driving into my outside rein - and then I got it, once the lightbulb turned on, it was great.
My Coach says I am too loud though. My post is too loud and I have to quiet myself down. She said the only time I want to be as loud as I have been, is when I need Nelson to get back to the rhythm needed, no other time. So I had to soften my seat and soften my whole being while ontop.
My post became much quieter, where I was barely leaving the saddle during the rising trot - it was quite nice!
So when I figured out how to quiet myself, Nelson became quiet and softer - that was nice.
Our Canter transitions needs work, he throws his head up into the transition, which is in result of me - so I have quiet my seat, soften my body and relax - in result he will too.
Which comes into what I say - our horses reflect us 100% of the time when we are in the saddle.
So anyways, I was able to fix my rein length, work on seperating my hands from my arms and was able to keep our energy flowing - so I had a great lesson!
Lots to work on!!!
Thank you Spyder and Stormy!