[quote]I found that I could slow my TB down a lot using a lot of half halts and full halts. If he got too fast, I'd half halt and if he changed gait, we'd halt. Eventually I'd be able to feel when he was thinking of rushing so I'd half halt. Eventually he learnt that as much as he tried, I wasn't going to let him go at "his pace" (aka gallop at breakneck speed).
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I have no idea why but I can't seem to get a half halt to go through at the walk (my trainer says I get beautiful ones where she really sinks at the trot) but there seems to be a disconnect at the walk :/ still trying to figure out how my body works, I finally understood what a half halt was about 5 months ago and then applying it was a challenge, Lucy will only respond if I ask correctly (in that regards she is a tough teacher
). I actually talk to her a lot
(except of course in this video
). When I was really working with her to get to halt I would say good girl everytime she halted as asked. She decided that whenever I said good girl that meant HALT! That was a little difficult to train out of her lol.
[QUOTE]Have you tried doing an exercise where you change what you're doing every 10 strides?
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Yes, she is however, the only horse I have ever ridden (granted I haven't ridden a huge variety) that could listen and obey (except the relaxing part) you while feeling like she could literally explode underneath you. With her ability to divide her attention between my aids and freaking out it is very difficult (not impossible). Anyways I wasn't trying to stress her out with doing that because she took a nasty fall playing in the field and is sore (I thought I had written this, sorry) vet came out and said I could ride at a walk only to help the muscles, which was fine because I was doing that anyways
[QUOTE]Try alternating your legs. Instead of putting both legs on at the same time, when she steps forward with her left leg, put yours on and the same for the right. Also hold with the reins - flutter with your fingers if she starts to brace against them. You can also try asking for more flexion and bend.
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I will see how she is feeling next ride :)
[QUOTE]And don't worry, one day you'll be able to contain and use that energy and forwardness that she has and it will make your ride so much better! My gelding went from getting 50% and comments like "tense, rushy horse, uneven in paces (he "hops" when excited)" to getting 72% and comments like "calm, attentive, eager horse" once I learnt to contain and use the energy. ;) You'll love her so much more when you find that magic 'click' when it all comes together perfectly!
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Thanks! One of the things I love abut her is that she is forward, I think the way you can channel that energy is amazing :) sounds like you agree
P.s congrats on the improvements ^.^
I'd agree on the shoulders. You're alignment isn't bad, and it might be your physical make up, but it looks as though your shoulders are slumped / slouched. Not really rolled forward, but perhaps too loose? I also agree with thinking of pulling your shoulder blades together, as this will give you a bit more self carriage in your upper body. It might also be a result of shallow breathing. Take nice, regular deep breaths that go all the way down, past your belly button. That should give you a bit of lift in your chest & shoulders. I'm far from an expert, just throwing out a few ideas!!
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Hmm, the way you described the way I slouch made me think it MIGHT be because I was trying to relax and instead of doing it correctly I kind of slumped giving myelf the illusion of softness. I don't remember how I was breathing but that is also a good guess, sometimes when I concentrate to hard I forget to breathe O.o Sometimes when other people phrase it differently I can figure out what I did in my head. Thanks!
[QUOTE]All I have to say is your position looks great. You should put your hands down a bit tho and relax your arms. You could put your shoulders back a bit more as mentioned about, but great start!
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Thank you very much, I watched the video again and maybe because of the lighting it is hard to tell? I think that if I put my hands down it might disrupt the line with her mouth? Can anyone else see it better? I definitely see the stiffness now if I could only magically make it disappear lol. Thanks!
[QUOTE]She goes along on the edge of thinking that she will have to do something defensive. It is evident in the shape of her neck and her head carriege. She also strides a bit short in front and might even be the tiniest bit off in her front right foot.
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You are correct
when I first got her she was soooooo sure I was going to rip her face off poor baby :/ . My trainer said it looked like she was expecting me to goose her and then haul on her face. Yes she is a little off (vet said I needed to walk her, she had a nasty spill playing) sorry I thought I put that in the original novel
Back to you. You are not too far on your girlie parts. You can, however, scoot a half inch forward in the saddle and breathe out and relax your buttock more so that the flesh can ease you down deeper into the saddle. Currently you ride very lightly, as if you were riding a green hrose. I think you can ease a bit more weight onto Lucy. In fact, you can use this kind of "heavyness" to slow her down if she even thinks about pacing or jigging. You will breathe out long and slow, think of dragging your heels on the ground and anchoring her in deep mud and think EASY. So, while using this to slow her a bit, you can ask for more engagement of her hind by the tiniest bit more leg AND start taking up more rein.
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I love your descriptions! Very easy to understand! My trainer is always telling me I need to put more weight on her, however I can't seem to do it consistently. I am getting better at it though!
[QUOTE]I think you have done a tremendous job of following this flighty horse's mouth in a very simpathetic manner that has built her trust in your hand. That was and is essential. NOW, you can start building her trust in you having more contact so that you will better be able to create impulsion with push from behind INTO your hand.
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This is probably the best compliment I have had
nice to see that I was able to accomplish something with a horse everyone thought could never trust a riders hands again. I know we both have a long way to go, but still it was really nice to read
[QUOTE]Start taking up the rein and seeing if you can get that flexion in the Poll we all want, When you get it, release. Start working on getting her to stretch down and forward, then back up into a medium walk frame, then on a free walk, then medium, then halt, then drop the reins. What that is is (and do it in any order you like) is just longitudinally stretching and compacting and releasing, so that she gets used to the rein contact becoming more, then less then more and then loose. All points of contact become ok because she trusts that none will last forever and none will be painful.
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I will try these and I bought a book of simple stretching excercises and patterns for us to do and I can't wait to try them out! (it's not just Lucy who has been out of shape lol)
[QUOTE]You have the hands and seat to go far.
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Thank you, I have read a lot of your posts and I really respect you opinion.
Okayyyyy that was a novel so sorry if I didn't get everything! I really apprieciate it!