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        08-29-2012, 10:58 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Thanks, Copperhead!

    I take the majority of the blame for how she was going.. we were both pretty tensed up because we weren't used to each other. I'm also quite used to a horse who needs constant leg so the concept of zero leg was a foreign concept!

    My second visit went so much better though. Her head was down at the canter, she was rounded up and at the trot, the difference was quite something. :)

    I agree about the big strided horses being intimidating at first. When I first hopped on and she started walking, I was taken back by how fast it was.. so I took back on the reins. When I relaxed a little bit, I loosened them and she just kept going at the same pace.

    We both weren't going our best, but I'm going to try and get another video of her sometime to post.. hopefully when she officially belongs to me and she's at the barn. :) I'd like to keep a forum journal once I get her.
         
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        08-31-2012, 09:14 PM
      #22
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Jore    
    Thanks, Copperhead!

    I take the majority of the blame for how she was going.. we were both pretty tensed up because we weren't used to each other. I'm also quite used to a horse who needs constant leg so the concept of zero leg was a foreign concept!

    My second visit went so much better though. Her head was down at the canter, she was rounded up and at the trot, the difference was quite something. :)

    I agree about the big strided horses being intimidating at first. When I first hopped on and she started walking, I was taken back by how fast it was.. so I took back on the reins. When I relaxed a little bit, I loosened them and she just kept going at the same pace.

    We both weren't going our best, but I'm going to try and get another video of her sometime to post.. hopefully when she officially belongs to me and she's at the barn. :) I'd like to keep a forum journal once I get her.
    You're very modest in your opinion of your own riding and you take critisism very well. It makes it very easy for us to talk with you since you don't get angry or defensive about things.

    If you're using zero leg on her and she's scooting the way she is, she could be avoiding work by running from the leg. I had a horse who did this. Everytime I put my leg on, she'd take off. I finally spent the entire hour with my legs clamped on her so she realized that no matter how fast she went, I wouldn't take my legs off. After that hour, she accepted leg and responded well to them. I don't suggest that with your mare, though. Just don't let her scare your leg off.

    It may be a bit of both but we wouldn't know unless we saw her ridden by someone else too. Don't take all the blame for it. She came off the track not too long ago, right? She looks good and wants to give you that headset, she just has to figure out the halfhalts and tracking up along with a steady, balanced pace. You two will get there in time.
         
        09-02-2012, 09:03 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    She definitely got a bit quicker when I put my leg on.. it was hard at the start to remember to keep the leg to a minimum, since I'm so used to nagging Major to keep a good pace.

    I'd really like to keep her somewhat sensitive to my leg, but able to track up at the trot.. although I'm sure that it'll come with time. As for others riding her, I might go as far to say that my ride on her Sunday was much better than the seller's.. her canter was so lovely! I almost couldn't get over it.

    I'm thinking maybe her running from the leg comes from her race career? I think she'll figure it out pretty quickly but we'll probably focus a lot on transitions and getting that trot down pat before doing a lot of canter work.

    She had her last race in late 2008, I believe.. so she retired around six and a half as she was born on March 18.. in New York, which I found pretty interesting. I think she was basically a pasture puff so to speak for a couple years until the seller snatched her up to make her a broodmare but started her just a few months ago because she felt like she was going to waste.
         
        09-02-2012, 10:46 PM
      #24
    Foal
    My only comments are she seems really tight in her movement, her strides are short and bouncy, and not as elegant as she could be, what breed is she? She looks TB-ish to me, if so it's characteristic for them to be that way, she seems like she need to be loosened up and her legs need to be more forward. I agree with the others saying her head is very controlled, just try to give her more than circles, it looks like she wants to go and do something fun! Try an around the stables ride to get her warmed up and getting her excitement out so she can focus, if she is TB they are like that.
         
        09-02-2012, 10:54 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    She's a Thoroughbred, and was raced up until she was six. I'm definitely going to work on getting her to stretch out and track up, I think that's going to be our primary goal.

    The vet told me that she seems to really love working so I'm going to try and vary things up as much as possible for her training. :)
         

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