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post #31 of 63 Old 07-03-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Do I Smell Another Update?!

Today I lunged Toofine again, for only a short time this time. We got saddled up, and I had him wear his snaffle. We did flat work, emphasizing on the sitting to posting trot, and back again, staying at a consistent speed. We kind of worked on a free walk. Both leads were thrown in there too. Then I tested my theory to see if it was the bit that was the problem while jumping -- it is. He would fling his nose up, and rush the jump (which was a small crossrail) for warm up. Luckily I brought my hackamore out with me, and we switched into that. MAJOR improvement. He was much more willing to slow down in it, and stop. We went through a jump course varying from 2'3 to 3', I think. I was amazed at how different it is jumping him in a hackamore. I can actually adjust his speed in it, and help avoid rushing the jumps. I waited for him to start taking off before I went into a two point, which was different for me, but it felt right. At a point of time in this ride, I could feel the power of his jump. No longer did he just fling himself over, but I felt him really push up and over. It was INCREDIBLE.

Tomorrow he gets a break since I am being forced to participate in a wretched holiday instead of spending time with my horse. Friday I plan to ride twice, once in the morning focusing on dressage and then once in the afternoon focusing on jumping. Saturday or Sunday I am riding down the road with my friend to go over some low xc jumps that a neighbor has. I think next week I will mainly be focusing on practicing the dressage test, and perfecting it as much as possible with one or two jump practices before the show.

Also, I will most likely be going to an Arabian show that has dressage classes in 2 weeks so I can add experience on my horse. Yippee!
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post #32 of 63 Old 07-03-2013, 09:11 PM
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Glad that you seem to be sorting things out by process of elimination and I think you sound so much more positive about everything.
Now - you will have to use a bit for dressage so the next step might be to try him in maybe some mullen mouth bits - a lot of horses don't like snaffles - even the French link type
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Don't practice your dressage test! Practice dressage, but not a test! You don't want the horse to learn it. Practice individual movements, the test in reverse, parts of it out of order, etc. You can do one run through thrown in between all the other stuff, but no more than two for the whole week (and even then your horse could learn it).
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Have to agree - robotic horses are a pain in the rear end
Memorising the test yourself has to be done though - and I know this is going to sound a little strange and comical but a Pony Club Instructor I once had used to have us do the test on foot - it does work too but you have to do all the trot and canter paces - and the lead changes!!!
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Glad that you seem to be sorting things out by process of elimination and I think you sound so much more positive about everything.
Now - you will have to use a bit for dressage so the next step might be to try him in maybe some mullen mouth bits - a lot of horses don't like snaffles - even the French link type
He seems to be doing pretty good in the regular O ring for now. I will probably continue to research into bits to see if there are any better choices for him.
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post #36 of 63 Old 07-03-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Don't practice your dressage test! Practice dressage, but not a test! You don't want the horse to learn it. Practice individual movements, the test in reverse, parts of it out of order, etc. You can do one run through thrown in between all the other stuff, but no more than two for the whole week (and even then your horse could learn it).
Now I am lost! My old eventing trainer told me to practice it. I had the same test last year too.. What will happen if he does learn it?
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If he learns it, he'll start to anticipate movements rather than wait for you to ask for them. There are a few great apps out there that allow you to draw out your test and play it back. Try a few of those.
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If he learns it, he'll start to anticipate movements rather than wait for you to ask for them. There are a few great apps out there that allow you to draw out your test and play it back. Try a few of those.
I kind of still remember one I did from 4+ years ago, and last years, and another I was thinking about trying... HA. Is there such thing as memorizing things too fast? I have a book with the arena labeled, and I just run my finger performing the moves.. on my free time..
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If he learns it, he'll start to anticipate movements rather than wait for you to ask for them. There are a few great apps out there that allow you to draw out your test and play it back. Try a few of those.
You don't want a horse that drives for you. It may sound really cool but it's annoying and it's ugly.

Try to do everything but the test!

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I am SO glad that you are not going to enter Novice! I watched your video from last year and I see a horse totally unprepared for going that level. I feel he would be overfaced and risk scaring him.

You need to shake that knee of yours loose so that your lower leg can wrap on the horse. The tight knee makes it almost impossible to keep contact with the inside of your lower leg.

Go beginner novice and allow your horse to enjoy himself. Then, really focus on your dressage. This will help your horse learn a better bend and balance that will really benefit his jumping.

Have fun at your show and we will need UPDATES!!
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