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post #11 of 18 Old 12-09-2008, 04:23 PM
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Your horse is ADORABLE! I love him :].
You guys seem to make a really good team, maybe lift your hands up and keep your thumbs more on top (but thats being extremely picky lol). You guys look great!
Oh and the last photo is my favorite for framing :].
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-09-2008, 06:02 PM
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he is so gorgeous i have never seen one here in Australia i dont think we have any here
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-10-2008, 12:42 AM
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Yay more dressage people!!!
First thing I'd like to comment on is your helmet. I am really not a fan of those GPA things in the dressage ring, and you can get them in just plain velvet. Also I'd like to see it tipped away from your eyes a little more, and towards the back of your head. The way it's placed right now makes you appear like you are staring at his withers, when in fact you are looking up and ahead of you.
As for Norman, he is working in a lovely working, beginning collection sort of frame and stride. Now is when you need to start closing him up and getting him collected. He already goes super into the bridle and really works from behind (a rare sight indeed!) good job!
Now for you. I'd just like to say, I love your hands, your posture and you have a really nice basic seat and leg position. We just need to get you riding more collected. First of all, I'd like to see you open your hip angle and become more upright in the canter, softening your back and allowing just your seat to follow the motion, without the help of your upper body. Then your elbows need to come a lot more to your sides, softly "locking" into your hips. Every time you half halt, think about pushing your elbows down into your hips. Your forearms still remain soft and forward feeling, but your upper arm becomes more restrictive, and closes the front door. Your reins will probably need to come shorter, and your driving aids with your legs will need to increase. Remember always to keep a really following seat and keep your upper body steady while staying upright in the saddle, not closing the hip angle to follow his movement.
One thing you also might find effective in letting your seat swing through and follow a little more is lengthening your stirrups a half hole, or even a full one just so you can push down more with the knee into the stirrups.
Overall you guys look killer! I think that when you get him back into work (also hoping that he gets through it 100%) you'll be able to muscle him up quickly. You guys have an awesome training base and just need to start working on the collection to move up the levels. Norman looks very supple and free, good job and good luck!
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-10-2008, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thnxx! I'll work on that when I can start riding again. The vet comes today. I bought him as from a riding school. So, he wasn't at his best when I got him. We now ride L2.. if I can ride competitions again next year. I'll get a class higher. Then I have to start collected stuff.
Canter has always been his hard part. One day he is stiff, another day he is too strong(Fjord thing). If you have any tips or tricks for stiffness or if he is too strong.. please tell me them.

Thank you everyone for all of the compliments!
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-10-2008, 11:37 PM
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When he is stiff, I would work on a lot of 10m voltes in the walk and trot until he finds them easy, and also do some leg yields and shoulder in. Then in the canter, also do smaller circles and feel like you are in shoulder fore all the time. Leg yields in the canter are also tremendously helpful! Just make sure he doesn't start running over your outside aids.
When he is strong, again work on the circles to warm him up. Then in canter really ride him with your seat and push him into a smaller stride for 2-3 strides and then let him out and just work on in and out and in and out on a circle until he finds it easy and you can almost uberstreiten while he is cantering small. Remember that you really need to use your seat though.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-10-2008, 11:37 PM
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What absolutely gorgeous pictures! Norman looks like a gem

You look like a lovely rider, but just a couple of things that you may find useful...

The major thing is relaxing.

Relax your shoulders. Stiff and tense shoulders make for stiff and tense arms, which follow though to the bit. Bring your elbows in closer to your side and just let your upper arm and ebow drop from the shoulder.

Always remember thumbs on top with your hands, like carrying two full glasses. If you roll them in the glasses will spill (well thats how I like to remember it hehe)

Relax your lower back. Try to rotate your pelivs forward (from the bottom, so NOT sticking your bum out, but the opposite). This will relax your entire back and get rid of that 'stiff sawy back' you so often see in tense riders. It will also seat you deeper in the saddle, allowing for closer contact, more feel, and I personally think, a more comfortable ride.

And finally, you seem to be gripping with your knees. This is whats dragging your heal up. By sitting deeper in the saddle (rotating your hips) you should find that you wont need to grip or 'hold on' with your knees, and your heal will naturally drop.

I hope that helps .

I'm by no means an expert, but these are things that Ive found have helped me a lot!
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-11-2008, 10:14 AM
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Everybody pretty much covered the critique, (great advice anebel-- I think I'm going to do some of that myself!) and I just wanted to say that I'm in love with your horse and that I wish that my horse could look like that in the dressage ring. Do you jump him at all? I'd love to see a picture of him doing that with his mane flapping all over. xDD (I used to ride a hafflinger, so I miss that.)
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-11-2008, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Dartanion View Post
I think you two look amazing together. I wont lie I don't know a whole lot about Dressage, I took about 6 months of lessons over 4 years ago but all I can think of is pushing you heels down more because they are flat but once again I'm no dressage master lol.
Actually, dressage riders usually have a long leg position with straight heels.

First off, there's very little to critique since you guys look fantastic! But if I were to get really nit-picky, I'd say in the first picture, you could sit back even further, with straight, but relaxed shoulders. I do sense a bit of tenseness around your hips and seat bones, and agree with MrsB about relaxation. In the third picture, remember to keep your eyes up. :) You have really nice upper leg position, but I think your lower leg could be a tad stronger, with the toes pointed more forwards. But thats about it from me!

Keep up the good work! Your horse is stunning and you two make an excellent team!

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'" ~ Jeremiah 29:11

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