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post #21 of 45 Old 08-27-2011, 10:12 PM
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I truly hope we didn't make her feel insecure.. Some posters were just concerned she might possibly be preyed upon, which could happen. They are just concerned for her safety.
Otherwise, I'm pretty sure we complimented her on her riding, and her body-type for hunters. Nothing negative..
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post #23 of 45 Old 08-27-2011, 10:33 PM
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newsflash guys, no one is fapping to low quality pictures of a girl riding in a sports bra.... there's nothing wrong with this thread, she wasn't insecure about these pictures until you MADE her feel insecure.
I do not think I made her feel insecure about her body. Atleast that was not my intention. I never said anything negative about her body type, she has a very athletic slim body type which is a bonus for the show ring.
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No one made me feel insecure, don't worry . I tend to take critique pretty well, and would never get upset over someone questioning my internet safety. It was meant well, and I appreciate the concern.

Thanks for the critique on Excel and I. I agree I need more flexibility in my ankles, any tips for keeping those heels down and correct? I'm thinking more work in two-point on the flat, and trotting while standing in the stirrups to really try to feel that flexibility.

My hands, also, need lots of work. I tend to get grippy piano hands, a habit derived from Molly's crazy days, where I needed every ounce of strength to contain her! When I'm focusing on it they come upright, but they are still often way too low.

Does he look like he's using his back end more, and coming up off the forehand any? At our show earlier this month he was very heavy on the forehand, especially at the canter. I've been trying to push him up into the bit and off his front end, encouraging him to rock his weight back, and am surprised to see that the headset has come naturally through that.

ETA: His leads are coming along fantastic. When I set him up right with the correct bend and leg aids, he departs cleanly on the correct lead. We're still a ways away from flying changes, but we're getting there.
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No one made me feel insecure, don't worry . I tend to take critique pretty well, and would never get upset over someone questioning my internet safety. It was meant well, and I appreciate the concern.

Thanks for the critique on Excel and I. I agree I need more flexibility in my ankles, any tips for keeping those heels down and correct? I'm thinking more work in two-point on the flat, and trotting while standing in the stirrups to really try to feel that flexibility.

My hands, also, need lots of work. I tend to get grippy piano hands, a habit derived from Molly's crazy days, where I needed every ounce of strength to contain her! When I'm focusing on it they come upright, but they are still often way too low.


Does he look like he's using his back end more, and coming up off the forehand any? At our show earlier this month he was very heavy on the forehand, especially at the canter. I've been trying to push him up into the bit and off his front end, encouraging him to rock his weight back, and am surprised to see that the headset has come naturally through that.

ETA: His leads are coming along fantastic. When I set him up right with the correct bend and leg aids, he departs cleanly on the correct lead. We're still a ways away from flying changes, but we're getting there.

use some gloves to help get a lighter feel. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but it helps.


as for him using his back,
Yes he does look like he is striding "through" better. He looks nicely muscled and much more balanced than in the show pic.
Are you still getting that "motorcycle" turning? (falling in on the corners, especially going left? (or was that right?)
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Hmm, I wasn't aware that gloves helped that much...I'll have to try that.

As for the turning (to the right, primarily), it's getting better. No problems at the walk, and at the trot I just have to keep my leg on him. At the canter he's still trying his luck, and I still need to use a squeeze of the inside rein in addition to lots of leg. I have to remember to keep my weight to the inside, even with all the leg I'm giving him from the outside. We've been practicing spirals, and it's harder than it seems! He doesn't push his luck as much at the canter when I turn him early for the spiral.

It's such a different feel riding him than Molly. With Molls, every cue is miniscule, using nothing but my seat. With Excel, I need leg on him all the time to keep him from dropping from a canter (his most unbalanced gait) to a trot.
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For your hands:
A trainer I worked with the other day said.. "Shoot the bit", where you point your arms out, make a gun with your hands (while holding your reins), and "shoot" towards the bit.

I don't know how well I explained that, but it's simple to remember. (: it kind of helps if you make "pew pew" noises while your doing it.. :)
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^ I'll have to try that! Good desensitizing training for Excel, too....
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