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        02-16-2013, 03:22 PM
    She's a really really cute horse! I like her movement a lot. I think to help with your balance you need to shorten your reins and carry your hands more in front of you. You don't have to take up more contact, just keep your hands in front of the withers and shorten your reins accordingly. This will keep you from getting behind the motion; you tend to fall backwards a little. Staying with the center of gravity will also really help you stay secure during her fits. Make sure you keep your thumbs up too! I saw a lot of puppy paws. And I also think you should shorten your stirrups. I know you're in a dressage saddle but with a green horse I think shorter stirrups add a lot of extra security- they help you get further down in your heel instead of reaching for the stirrup.

    As far as helping her; I think you're doing a good job. Just make sure that when you're working on steering, think about using your hands as a last resort. First look with your eyes, turn with your body, use your legs, then use your hands.
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        02-17-2013, 01:59 AM
    Thanks PP :)

    Those stirrups are actually two holes "too short" for that saddle, when I was using it on my older gelding I would ride two holes longer on instructor advice.

    I do tend to get left behind now and then, you're right - so will work on remembering what you've said and implementing it when I ride.

    Thanks again, that was awesome advice.
        02-17-2013, 04:14 AM
    Aww she's such a sweetie :)

    Try when you steer, I know you're doing open rein, but make it a fluid open rein not a jerky open rein. Guide her whole body that direction while you guide her head.

    Also I didn't like your walk to trot transition... it looked like she startled.. and then jumped into it.. I would have wound her down and did it again so she knows not to rush it or to be scared of anything.

    Do not drop your hands... bad bad bad! You want to encourage her to soften, not confuse her with the weight of the reins changing (which can be felt via the bit)

    But overall very nice! :) I think shortening your stirrup one hole will help you feel more secure, but be careful not to force yourself up when you should let your pelvis swing softly with the horse for posting.
        02-17-2013, 05:01 AM
    Thanks :)

    With the transition, she was refusing to break out of the walk, so I flicked her with the whip. That's why she transitioned like that rather than nice and smooth. The jerky open rein is a bad habit, as are the low hands - shall work on them some more.

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