Finally! Chloe and I with the new dressage saddle! :)
We both love it.
A little history:
I bought Chloe as a 7 yr old OTTB who already had had a baby. Not much training under her belt, pretty much green broke. She had major back pain and so I bought a traumatech pad for it and she improved greatly. Soon enough, her back muscles changed and filled out so her close contact started to not fit and once again, she got a sore back.
..fast forward to the present:
I bought a dressage saddle (Klimke) that fits and has wool flocking and an adjustable tree so it can be adjusted pretty much anywhere if needed :). We started dressage circa December and we fell in love. As of right now, we are working on keeping her straight and not falling to the left or right. My outside rein keeps her shoulder straight/keeps the pace etc. My inside rein keeps the bend and stays soft so she can reach down into the bit. You may notice me half halting (for lack of a better word) on one of the reins to either ask for her to be more supple, slow her pace etc. My outside leg keeps her body from falling out. My inside leg keeps her from falling in.
We had a VERY bad ride yesterday so I was trying to be very quiet with everything, especially with my legs (that's why they hardly touch her).
What I see:
For myself: OMG! SO embarassed! Wrong diagonal the whole time going left. I'm thinking it's cause I was so focused on her. Wrong diagonals are a rare occurrence for me, I promise :). I'm a little forward for dressage and I should be sitting deeper in the canter. I have ridden hunters all my life so it's tough. Also, my trainer wants me to change my position slowly so I don't become stiff. Although my hands look soft, I need to bend my elbows more. My legs should have more contact, but again, I was trying to be very quiet with them.
For Chloe: For the most part, she stays straight over 4 legs at trot. I wasn't as firm as I usually am because of the way she reacted to my legs yesterday. Her self carriage has very good moments, and also very bad moments. Every time you see her get straight and stiff in her neck is because I was applying more pressure on my outside leg because she was falling out. Her canter transitions are atrocious. Her right lead is hard to begin with anyways. Her left, I caught her off guard. She needs to stand up more at the canter.
Anyways, her we are!
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