First Dressage in a LONG time, don't laugh!

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        09-22-2010, 09:19 PM
    First Dressage in a LONG time, don't laugh!

    ^those **** hunter instincts coming back -.-

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        09-22-2010, 09:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Wow, that horse is beautiful! You look good.
        09-22-2010, 09:28 PM
    Biggest mistake is the lack of contact!
        09-22-2010, 11:09 PM
    Love the caption about the hunter training coming back. Sitting up straight is a hard thing to do after riding in forward seat, isn't it? Nice looking horse.
        09-22-2010, 11:21 PM
    Is dressage still fun?

    Thank you for sharing the photos. Looks like you were having some fun. Was that a test? Looked like a "judge bow" at the end.
    The horse has quite a belly and is a bit swayed back so this makes it harder for you to keep your leg down under you. The saddle looks like it is a bit high in front (due to the horses shape, no doubt) and this puts you automatically into a bit of a chair seat; you lean forward in the upper body and are forced to put your lower leg forward to counteract the shift of center of balance forward. Could a slight wedge pad help, perhaps?
    YOu look like a very kind rider and that horse is very happy with you. I love to see that, even if the horse IS lacking a contact to follow and has like ZERO impulsion. But heck, better to start that way then to start all serious and heavy and driving. You'll start picking up that contact, getting your leg down (lower your stirrups ONE notch as soon as you feel comfortable) and letting you pelvis find a nuetral, more vertical position (it is very rolled forward ala hunter.
    Also, knit picking, I know, but don't look so far into the circle when you are in dressage. IT's a dead give away for an ex hunter rider!
    Look between your horse's ears, or to inside ear, no further.

    Cheers, dear rider.
        09-23-2010, 01:10 AM
    Nope, just a lesson on an old friend <3 And yeah his back makes him kinda awkward to fit. We have a bunch of risers etc. at our disposal to play around with so we'll get him fit nicely soon enough :] And yeah my hunter roots might as well be tattooed on my forhead eh? Lol xD Thanks for the compliments on old Bold <3 he thinks he's quite the handsome man himself. A few more pictures from the ride: (I'll say though, the first picture of us in the thread has got to be my favorite picture on a horse in awhile <3)

' it... lol xD

    There's a reason I trust a few people with my camera, for shots like this:

        09-23-2010, 01:41 AM
    Green Broke
    This is really random but I like the picture that shoes your belt. It's...perfect! I don't know why I love it. But I find that there is a lot of detail.
        09-23-2010, 03:07 AM
    The first shot in this bunch is the most dressagelike. Cute photos .

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