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post #1 of 15 Old 05-22-2011, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Another clinic photo thread - sorry guys!

I can't help myself, I'm so proud of how my little guy is going! I have finally found a clinician that I REALLY click with and he's decided to come to my area every month if possible I'm thrilled!

Anyone who's followed my story with Bob knows that he's a very sensitive little warmblood that has been passed rider to rider, no one has been able to get through to him. When I started with him, we had no go forward button, no response to a whip other than a grunt and kick and in general, zero work ethic.
Well, this man has been the first person who has REALLY cracked Bob. FINALLY I have found someone that can help me progress on him. For the first time, I actually had his hind legs and a genuine reaction to the leg with no resistance.
Sorry that the photo's are so blurry, they're video stills as the actual photos were terrible (my camera does not like indoors).

And the most exciting part (which has turned me into a child on Christmas Eve ), during the lesson the clinician (who is one of Australia's top dressage riders and trainers and has done most of his education in Germany) continued to tell me and the spectators that I am a 'very good jockey' and this horse does not do my riding justice. At the end of the lesson he took me aside and said that he would put me on any one of his horses any day of the week, and if I ever want to do some work for him, there is an open invite for me to go up and train there











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And the most exciting part (which has turned me into a child on Christmas Eve ), during the lesson the clinician (who is one of Australia's top dressage riders and trainers and has done most of his education in Germany) continued to tell me and the spectators that I am a 'very good jockey' and this horse does not do my riding justice. At the end of the lesson he took me aside and said that he would put me on any one of his horses any day of the week, and if I ever want to do some work for him, there is an open invite for me to go up and train there
That's fantastic Kayty! Do it!!! You only go 'round once girl!

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I think I will MBP - He gave me his contact details and said if I'm keen to give him a yell. Have already sent him an email and said that I'm keen to do it. It's perfect timing, I'm currently madly looking for a job to no avail at the moment so it's a great time to go up and be a working student for a while. I've wanted to do it since I was a young teenager but never thought I'd have the ability to do it, so to be invited over rather than having to speak to people and try to sell myself to get over there, is a huge honour for me and has really got my confidence up in my own abilities
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Some video - might want to turn your sound down, it was bucketing with rain and howling wind outside so it's a bit noisy!

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Oh, and tempo was intentionally too fast. Going forward is our biggest issue, he just does not react to the leg so Tor had me choofing him along quite a bit to get those reactions happening.
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I'm so glad you have found someone who is able to "crack" him. and thats so amazing!!!! You should totally do it! thats an amazing oportunity!!! Good luck! :)
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Never apologise for photos and vid, you and Bob are simply a joy to watch, beautiful. Congrats on coming so far with him in such a short time, you deserve to be proud!

I say you should leap at that opportunity! You are so young and talented and your knowledge and understanding is far greater than that of many people that are well beyond you in the years, so you really have a jump on the dressage game in a lot of ways.

I think you know what your calling is so if it is feasible then you should give it a shot. Australia needs more young up and coming riders like you, I think there is only lonely Brett Parbery and Chantal Wigan representin' the Aussies in the top 100 FEI rankings - get out there girl.

Onto something I hope you don't mind me picking your brain over - can you tell me what you did to rectify at 0:34 secs? I sometimes have a similar situation with (my) Bobbie and would love to know how you rode it! You can PM me if you prefer, and if you have the time

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Onto something I hope you don't mind me picking your brain over - can you tell me what you did to rectify at 0:34 secs? I sometimes have a similar situation with (my) Bobbie and would love to know how you rode it! You can PM me if you prefer, and if you have the time
I'm curious now too!!

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Thank you Sarah, I really appreciate your kind words. Tor is coming back for another clinic in around a month so I've already decided to put a lid on my other lessons for a while and just go to Tor, to see what kind of difference it makes on Bob's work.

It'd be fantastic to get to QLD to train, SA is such a hole in terms of available coaches and riders it gets very frustrating!

OOPS I just watched the video and realised I didn't actually put the fast tempo bits in there other than canter, so please disregard my fast tempo comment!!


As for the little hiccup in there - which was a super mild one, it is usually a stop, jack, back up and buck jump! - the solution is basically what we focussed on for those lessons in getting him off the inside leg.
Tor put his rowel spurs on me to give me a little more 'convincing power' as Bob is quite a strongly opinionated little guy which along with his sensitivity is enough to drive anyone insane!
That bit of resistance was from me putting my inside leg on and asking for more stretch and hind leg. He thought it was a bit to hard so gave that bit of resistance, and to solve it, I had to annoy the hell out of him with my inside spur until he gave.
The first lesson he was pulling all his games with stopping and jacking, so Tor would annoy him with the inside leg, while knocking him out of his rhythm until he gave, then allowed him to settle again. So at 0.34mins on the vid, all I'm doing is a quieter version of that as he was putting up much less resistance than he has in the past.

Hope that explained it a bit for you... it was all just literally kicking him off the inside leg, and teaching a reaction to the spur and whip which he usually just kicks out at and jacks.
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Thanks so much for sharing your secrets Kayty!

It really was only a minor hiccup as you say but it caught my eye as you rode it and corrected it within only a few strides, it can take up to six strides for me to get Bobbie to focus again. I will try using a stronger inside leg on her next time the little booger tries it, although it will most likely be spur-less to begin with.... unless she really tests me...... then I'm goin Texas style yeeee-haw

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