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    05-11-2009, 04:43 PM
  #11
Trained
Upsidedown- with horses who are oversensitive to the leg, usually the best policy is to put it on because then when you go to aid her, she is not suprised by the sudden leg pressure coming from nowhere. If your leg is on and steady, a small increase in pressure to aid for something is going to be a lot more predictable for her, and so her response will not be from suprise.
     
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    05-11-2009, 07:23 PM
  #12
Yearling
You need to work on your long release. Over the big jumps, you brought your hands up his (or her?) neck but when you guys landed, you seemed to pull back and catch your horse in their mouth. Not only is this a bad habit, but you are unintentionally punishing your horse for jumping well. You have really good position and a really flat back! I am jealous of you :).
     
    05-12-2009, 10:23 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
upsidedown- with horses who are oversensitive to the leg, usually the best policy is to put it on because then when you go to aid her, she is not suprised by the sudden leg pressure coming from nowhere. If your leg is on and steady, a small increase in pressure to aid for something is going to be a lot more predictable for her, and so her response will not be from suprise.
That makes sense, when I first started riding her and I first put my leg on her and she did her explosion thing I just took it off for the most part because it intimidated me. I've been riding her a lot and she's less explodey and knows now that leg doesn't always mean "gogogo!" (when I first started riding her she would try to canter whenever you tried to bend her in a circle at the trot) so I've been using more and more leg. Plus now I'm used to her sensitiveness so she doesn't intimidate me.

We've both improved a lot with each other. Thanks for your help, I aim to improve some more!
     
    05-20-2009, 08:53 PM
  #14
Weanling
Okay so I rode in my sister's saddle the other day because I accidentally left mine at the house and my leg felt much more secure, a lot less "skiing" I think. Is this all in my head or can a saddle that's too small for me (not a ton, which is why I don't have a new one yet...) cause my leg to be less secure? It wasn't just my leg too, my seat was felt much better also...

Also had a lesson with no reins and no stirrups, given to me by my sister on her horse. Helped a lot, and I'm hoping she'll give me some more...

Also she did this weird hip opening thing (I've been calling it a "hip abduction") and it was amazing, my hips were so much more open, and we went on a little trail ride to get out of the arena and we came to a little stream and I had to get off and lead my horse over it (she crosses standing water, just not running unless someone in front of her goes or you walk her over it first) and then remount and it was probably the easiest mounting from the ground I've ever done. I normally had a lot of trouble with it, even on a 13.2 pony, and this was so easy. I just thought it was because I have a very long torso and short legs (I'm 5'1" and when I'm sitting I'm as tall as my friend who's 5'9") that gave me difficulties but apparently my hips are very closed. So I've been doing a lot more of the "hip abduction"s (like every ride) and its helped a lot with everything.
     

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