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        07-27-2011, 01:40 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I did a dressage clinic a little over a month ago and even through all the things we worked on I didn't feel like we made a dent in the leaning. He's usually pretty great to flat! He bends, counter bends and everything. I'm totally with you that flat/ dressage work is a big must for jumping, but he's always felt like he wants to lean and I'm still not 100% sure about how to fix it.
         
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        07-27-2011, 01:45 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by UnrealJumper    
    Sarahver: I noticed that I was a little twisty with my body too. Cally leans into corners like crazy! After every jump all he feels like he wants to do is lean/turn. I'm not really sure what to do about that, suggestions? I feel like I'm working really hard to keep him out :s

    I can understand the temptation to twist your torso in response to his leaning but in actual fact it is the last thing you want to do as it will unbalance the both of you.

    You want to ask with the inside rein, steady with the outside rein and really use your inside leg to encourage him to bend around your leg without dropping the shoulder. Your outside leg will control the opposite shoulder from popping out.

    To practice this and get him really responsive to these signals, I recommend lots of exercises on the flat - beginning with spirals. Start on a small circle and have him come in gradually, maintaining a nice bend and flexion all the way in. Then spiral out - same thing. Serpentines are also good for this because instead of the exercise being unidirectional, they require changes in direction and are more challenging to keep a nice bend through.

    Lastly I would work *around* a jumps course (not jumping anything) and work those corners just as you did the previous exercises. This is a really good test to see if your flat work has been effective and will give you a good indication of his concentration and responsiveness to aids when obstacles are around.

    Good luck!
         
        07-27-2011, 01:54 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I think the bending problem has a lot to do with the fact that I never ask for any of it when jumping. When we do flatwork, then I ask for those things, but not when jumping. Hmmm, I'll have to focus on that a bit more!
         
        07-27-2011, 01:57 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Well that's easily fixed

    Keep us posted!
         
        07-27-2011, 03:27 PM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by UnrealJumper    
    I did a dressage clinic a little over a month ago and even through all the things we worked on I didn't feel like we made a dent in the leaning. He's usually pretty great to flat! He bends, counter bends and everything. I'm totally with you that flat/ dressage work is a big must for jumping, but he's always felt like he wants to lean and I'm still not 100% sure about how to fix it.
    Then the dressage work you did was not targeting the specific problem you have.
    Teaching bend/balance will take a lot longer than one clinic will give you. You will need to target the horse leaning on their inside shoulder, when turning. Your leg must push him onto the outside shoulder, carefully, so as not to pop that outside shoulder. It is all a balancing act on your part.

    GAH!! Sarah, I should always read your posts before I write. We always seem to say the same things!!
         
        07-27-2011, 04:16 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Shucks.

    Am happy to be saying the same things as you!
         
        07-27-2011, 05:12 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Like Allison Finch said I noticed that your horse stays straight through the hole course. You want her to bend with you and around the turns. It will make everything smother and she wont have to keep trying to catch her back end up to her front. It will also help her stay more rounded.

    Also in the still picture you posted I am not sure if its just me and how I am looking at the picture but your butt looks like its up a little high, also try to keep your elbows in a bit more. And like you said your hands.

    But other wise that was a great run and I thought that you looked great
         
        07-27-2011, 05:52 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Thanks for the advice! If I can figure it all out, I'll let you know :)
         

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