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    07-05-2013, 11:45 PM
Yet ANOTHER update!

I rode once again today, skipping lunging entirely since it was so warm. I didn't put his snaffle on, but went straight to the hack. He breaks from the walk into the trot more in it, but I would rather have that than rushing jumps. I rode in a friend's roundpen, and tried his left lead some more.. The first try he didn't get it, but the second time he did! He isn't consistently getting it, but I am glad he is starting to.

I am starting to apply my lower leg more, and man does it feel weird! I feel so insecure without my knee pinned like it used to be. Funny thing, a 4h leader a long time ago told me to hold with my knees.. I see where that's gotten me! But anyways, with my lower leg, my horse seems to reach out more and have a much stronger trot. In a good way I think? He has a lot more drive now.

I did another jump course today, and he keeps getting better and better. This hackamore is really helping. He rushes less and less every day. I feel a lot more comfortable being able to hold him back with my body and the hackamore.. I hated having him pull and pull on the bit. Now all he gets is pressure on his poll, nose and chin which I think is a lot better than his mouth.

I am continually trying to work on my jumping eq by waiting for my horse to take off and by keeping my legs in a better position. It feels weird, but it is a whole lot better than that old chair seat. We only had one really bad take off where I flew into the air.. Silly thing is, he didn't have enough go to get over the jump.. And our problem has always been too much go!
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    07-06-2013, 05:42 PM
UGH! I still have a week until my show, and I already have the pre-show excitement in my stomach.. This week better go fast! I never expected to miss competing this much!

Today's plan is:
1) Go down the road to a xc course
2) Stay at home and work on jumping
3) Ride down the road to a dirt road, and trot a mile or two. (Depends on how my horse is doing)
4) Hack in my field

All the choices.. ughh
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    07-07-2013, 12:51 PM
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Stay at home and do flatwork...then go for a relaxing hack. The more wound up you get, the more wound up your horse will get. We transmit tenseness to our horses SO well.

Remember, the flatwork will do more to improve the jumping than jumping practice will.
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    07-07-2013, 03:57 PM
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I've always done most of my fitness work out 'hacking' and its amazing how much schooling you can do too that way - and the best of it is the horse isn't bored with just seeing the rails in a ménage so deals with it a lot better.
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    07-07-2013, 10:08 PM
Today I went on a road ride with a couple of other horses, mainly working on my leg position.. Wow were me legs sore! When we got back, I let him gallop down a stretch between me and my neighbors fences, lapped around and went through my arena gate to see if that would make him out of control. He was under control the whole time. In my jumping on the highschool team, as soon as we went into the arena to jump he would prance, throw his head, and rush up into the canter. Today he went calmly in, and listened to every thing I asked of him. I could just say easy and shift my weight slightly back, and he would slow down. I popped him over our jump course I set up, which he was amazing over yet again. I added in more difficult pieces like more places where I had to slow down/speed up, tighter turns (that he used to get REALLY hot in), etc. He seems to have completely changed. Today is the last day I will really jump him up until the show.

I am planning to start getting up early again for this week, and hack him out in the morning in his hackamore, and then at night do flatwork/dressage work. I am not practicing the pattern, so don't worry! We probably will work a lot on change of direction, circles, free walk, transitions, and his bad lead. I am thinking the day before the show I will do dressage in the morning and jumping at night before his bath.


1) I started using liniment on him today after jumping. How many people actually use liniment after a hard workout? I know my friend who shows saddleseat does. Does it actually help? I just want him to be comfortable and not sore after he gets worked.
2) Does anyone know if the mechanical hackamore I am using is legal? I read that many Olympians use the exact same one, but who knows, the rules could be different.

I just decided to share with everyone my plans for the future. In August, I am looking into going to another event, or instead seeing if I can go on a couple hour drive to go to a nice schooling course. I am going to mainly be working on dressage through the rest of July, and maybe adding in more jumping in August. As soon as school starts I will come up with a different plan. For the winter, I am most likely going to look for a cheap barn to board at, or trailer to so I can work him in the winter.
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    07-07-2013, 10:15 PM
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Yes, I use liniment after a hard work out. Sometimes I rub some on ME.....

Yes, the hack is legal for the jumping phases, but NOT the dressage phase.
    07-07-2013, 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Yes, I use liniment after a hard work out. Sometimes I rub some on ME.....

Yes, the hack is legal for the jumping phases, but NOT the dressage phase.
Another question.. Do you have/ride a horse/horses that get little bumps on their legs after a hard work out? I wish I could find a picture, but I will try to describe using my outdated terminology. My horse, for the first time ever, or that I have noticed, has gotten bumps above his fetlock but below his knee on the outer side of his cannon. I'm not sure if you will understand what I mean, but it is the outer side of the leg, where there is ridges? I know my friends horse also gets bumps in the same place after working out, but her horse is older than mine and has permanent ones. The farrier that was out and working on her horse said it was from the neglect of her legs after a workout (liniment then wrapping).

Is this a serious thing? I would guess it's not since I'm sure it's happened a lot in the years I have owned him. I only looked after hearing the farrier and my friend talk about it. So should I be applying liniment and wrapping after workouts? And how exactly do I apply it? I just took a torn t-shirt and poured some on, and rubbed in on my horse's legs, below the knee.
    07-08-2013, 04:00 PM
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So pleased to see how you're putting all that negativity behind you Kylie - you're really pushing forward now and making plans to be even better. Well done
I use liniment but you do need to check on the instructions as to whether or not it can be used under bandages - some can't
You might find its easier on your horses skin if you apply it after he's cooled down.
I would also not wrap a horses legs while they were hot and be careful how much tension you're applying. Are you using pads under the bandages to spread the pressure more evenly?
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    07-08-2013, 04:35 PM
Thanks! I have been using polo wraps since that's what I have. The instructions say I can use wraps if I want. I won't use wraps on him most likely. At the show I will probably use liniment after the xc.
    07-08-2013, 04:53 PM
Those bumps on the legs may be what are called "wind puffs" -my old barrel horse used to get them. I would give his legs a brisk rubdown with liniment after a workout to really get the circulation going. It's really more of a cosmetic thing than anything else.
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