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post #11 of 17 Old 10-29-2012, 06:11 PM
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She looks so cute doing dressage. I have a Haflinger too, and I just love them.
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-29-2012, 09:53 PM
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Pretty mare, y'all look great!!
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-29-2012, 10:14 PM
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WOW, that is just an awe inspiring journey you have taken that girl on, great great job.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-31-2012, 01:02 AM
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I have to say that is an amazing smile!

Congrats to you and your pony!
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-31-2012, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you are for the lovely comments, the remining pics are here Envisions Photography - Mayhill Stud Dressage Series 2011-12 and in class 2, it was tough picking just two as I think the photographer did a great job.
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The photographer did a great job, I just see a few pics there that remind you that it was her first outing, she frames up really nicely, then there is a couple where her head has shot up and she looks like the green bean she is Bless Her. When she can stay in shape through a whole test she is going to kick ass!

Being as this is the photo section, and not a critique section, I hope you don't mind if I ask a couple of questions?

I see you have her tail plaited, my trainer advises not to plait a tail for dressage because you run the risk of losing the softness through the back, by restricting the end of the spine, and a nice soft shows off the movement. I'm never sure if that is gospel, but seeing as my braiding skills are like zero I jumped on the excuse at once

Is dressage your usual discipline? You look to have a more forward seat, like a jumper doing dressage, than a dressage rider
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-31-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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The photographer did a great job, I just see a few pics there that remind you that it was her first outing, she frames up really nicely, then there is a couple where her head has shot up and she looks like the green bean she is Bless Her. When she can stay in shape through a whole test she is going to kick ass!

Being as this is the photo section, and not a critique section, I hope you don't mind if I ask a couple of questions?

I see you have her tail plaited, my trainer advises not to plait a tail for dressage because you run the risk of losing the softness through the back, by restricting the end of the spine, and a nice soft shows off the movement. I'm never sure if that is gospel, but seeing as my braiding skills are like zero I jumped on the excuse at once

Is dressage your usual discipline? You look to have a more forward seat, like a jumper doing dressage, than a dressage rider
Yes the other photos do show the whole story lots of pics with resistance! I am more than happy for critiques as I have found that forums are an excellent source of very knowledgable folk and who wouldn't want to learn more.

If my seat is slightly forward it is sadly just my nerves I do tend to tilt slightly when my trainer isn't there to remind me to engage core muscles and sort myself out, but as it was her first outing I decided to ride lightly and not worry too much (she can maintain a deeper outline but I didn't want her over bending). I do like doing small jumos and a little xc but nothing huge and hattie has only just started learning that too.

Plaiting generally is pretty much a standard thing (or at least it was with my TB) and I plaited her mane for the judge could see her movement (make it easier for them) and so it seemed appropriate to do her tail as well, but tehnically it would be correct for me to compete au naturel with long flowing locks. I sometimes plait for my lessons and have never found any difference in movement but having her mane plaited certainly helps me to see what her neck is doing!
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