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        07-13-2012, 02:56 AM
      #21
    Foal
    Remember this guy?



    I took this tonight after our ride. I don't think he is Mr. Chubby anymore! I need to get one in the sun because he is stunning and coppery with his summer coat! We are at a different no-pig barn now because he injured himself and I needed him somewhere closer. He never did get completely comfortable with that place anyway and now he's comfortable and happy indoor, outdoor, and a beast on trails! Last week was the first week since March that I could work him at a canter! Just been walk/trot for a few weeks now and still sound. So glad I have my boy working again. Even been going over tiny cross rails and he's so cute, he loves it. I'm out of a trainer yet again (she moved a couple weeks ago right when we were ready to go back to full work) so I'll be barn searching again soon and looking for a trainer. Until then we're just doing basic dressage stuff to get his strength up from being off and penned up for so long.
         
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        07-13-2012, 03:16 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    He looks great! Where in Texas are you? I went to college out there for a while... I know of some pretty amazing trainers in the Houston / Katy area that are really quite reasonable.
         
        07-13-2012, 03:25 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Thanks! I am in the DFW area. There are quite a few good options out here (although some ARE pricey) but I'm not sure where we are going to be moving to exactly when/if hubby gets a new job. It'll be right next to my eventing barn of choice if I have anything to do with it! Lol
         
        11-26-2014, 04:50 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I am very excited yet disappointed to give y'all my next update. The only reason why I'm disappointed is that I still have not actually evented this lovely gelding :( I am lame, I know. But we have been hard at work with dressage and so I wanted to share videos of his first dressage tests! We received both scores of 66% and placed second in our class.

    Two things stick out to me that were stated by you guys when I first bought him 2 years ago.

    1) He has in deed become Mr. Reliable! Oh man he is such a good boy on trails (not even barn sour) and anyone can get on and walk him around, even rank beginners and he will follow you :)

    2) His trot has slowed a LOT! Maybe too slow :-/ But it always feels good and is rhythmic. It just doesn't LOOK energetic sometimes. Hopefully I can get him to have more energy which is what was most commented on by the judges.

    Intro Test B
    http://youtu.be/aP5rsL1qD88

    Intro Test C
    http://youtu.be/CoQUiFehuOg

    And some still shots:


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        11-26-2014, 05:35 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    First, congratulations!

    Is that speed typical for him?

    I'm no expert in this, what does your riding instructor say?

    Can you wear spurs in dressage (I forget)?

    Maybe feed him up a bit more?
         
        11-27-2014, 04:05 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Man, he is a gorgeous horse! Love the chrome. You've got him lovely and soft, and I adore how you ride. But I agree with EponaLynn, I'd probably ride with spurs. I'm pretty sure you can use them in dressage. But honestly, congratulations! He looks amazing, you look amazing, and I commend you on getting him so soft. It's also nice that you're getting your flatwork all sorted for when you finally actually event!

    EDIT: Didn't realize there were two videos. Test C he was going a lot more forward with the right energy, but he was less soft. He clearly wasn't sure about the judges! Was that one earlier in the day or something? (:
         
        11-27-2014, 10:39 PM
      #27
    Foal
    First, congratulations!
    Thank you!!

    Is that speed typical for him?

    It depends on the day really! He used to be really speedy and unbalanced. I would always have to begin my trot work with many small circles to slow him down. In the last few months this speed is typical if he is just put into gear and left to his own devices. I watched Test B on the video cam before test C and realized just how SLOW he was! So in Test C I was able to keep him forward more but I really had to urge him.

    I'm no expert in this, what does your riding instructor say?

    When she is instructing me she tells me to get him more forward. The thing is to me he will feel really nice and rhythmic but I don't realize how slow he LOOKS. She is great and the only thing I regret is not taking lessons more often because she has told me all the things the judges commented on. I definitely need more supervised riding.

    Can you wear spurs in dressage (I forget)?

    YES! My trainer said I need to start doing this. As soon as I buy some... he does okay with them because my trainer has ridden him with them before.

    Maybe feed him up a bit more?

    I don't know that lack of energy is an issue because there are days when I throw a western saddle on and he is very very forward or when I lunge him and he will randomly take off galloping once or twice. He is also a very alert horse. Looky and kind of jumpy but NEVER full out spooks. He's a good boy.
         
        11-27-2014, 10:53 PM
      #28
    Foal
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    Man, he is a gorgeous horse! Love the chrome. You've got him lovely and soft, and I adore how you ride. But I agree with EponaLynn, I'd probably ride with spurs. I'm pretty sure you can use them in dressage. But honestly, congratulations! He looks amazing, you look amazing, and I commend you on getting him so soft. It's also nice that you're getting your flatwork all sorted for when you finally actually event!

    EDIT: Didn't realize there were two videos. Test C he was going a lot more forward with the right energy, but he was less soft. He clearly wasn't sure about the judges! Was that one earlier in the day or something? (:
    Thank you so much for the compliments!! The judge commented, "Lovely soft horse," which I was so proud about. My trainer does want me to try spurs with him and I will as soon as I buy them! Unfortunately I don't live near a tack store that will have them and I would like to try them on before buying. That was always my goal with him - to get going really well in dressage and maybe school a little jumping here and there, but really I just wanted a super well controlled horse for jumping because I have ridden out of control horses over jumps and it is scary!

    Actually, Test C was an hour or so after B. I watched Test B on the video camera and realized how SLOW he was so I decided that I definitely needed more energy for my next test. We definitely need to practice getting more forward with more energy and staying softer at the same time. He did go against my hand more during C, but he also had a couple more "Oh! What's outside there?!" moments in C as well so he was not as focused or relaxed as he was for Test B. This was his first show ever and his first time stepping foot in that arena was for Test B.

    Thank you so much again. I was a very happy horsey momma this day!
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        11-28-2014, 10:17 AM
      #29
    Started
    I was going to suggest you use a crop...then I saw you had one. He is an awesome horse! Use that crop on his butt. I would use that before spurs, because he need to STEP UP with his hind end. Even if he kicks out, at least that is a reaction in the part you need a reaction in.

    Once he is reacting well to being touched up with the crop, do some spirals to strengthen his hind leg carriage.

    It is really hard to have good geometry when you have no forward impulsion. It's like pushing a rope.

    You two are just beautiful together!

    Where were you riding?
         
        11-28-2014, 02:29 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Greentree, thanks!! You are right, I do need to use the whip more. I am not very good at it for one, because I am more used to a crop on the shoulder than getting a long whip to make contact with the butt correctly while still looking graceful! He can be VERY sensitive and forward so the last few months have been strange for me when he gets to trotting lazily (like, what do I do?! I have to use the whip?! Lol). I don't do well with lazy horses and I much prefer the forward ones. He used to be so sensitive though that even any swinging leg movements would make him nervous and I have had trainers just brush him with a whip and he would overreact. I would warn them that he is sensitive and they wouldn't believe me just HOW sensitive until they actually tested it out. He is more trained to accept the aids of a whip now so I need to get over it and give him progressive reminders with the whip so he does not dull to my leg. I always default to my leg instead of whip but I don't think that is doing us any favors. He is still sensitive and I really need to use that to my advantage before he gets too dull.

    We traveled to an eventing barn in Aledo, TX. They have a website and host numerous schooling shows every year. It is called Curragh Equestrian Center.

    Thanks greentree!
         

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