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post #1 of 15 Old 07-13-2009, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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dressage!

I took Chloe to dressage camp a few weeks ago!
We cantered several times both direction in every lesson... which is a HUGE deal for us! Cantering for Chloe used to be the hardest, scariest thing in the world =P.
Unfortunately I dont have any good pictures of us cantering. Since we rode inside, it was hard for the camera to get non-blurry pictures.


Keep in mind this is only her third time being off the property.
Usually we both are exhausted after just one lesson.... well... these pictures are from our fourth lesson... in two days (two lessons a day)... so yeah, we were beat.
We are still working on getting her butt moving, getting to stretch all the way from her withers to her poll, and getting her to bend around my leg.


she's a little "up" in this one.. but i still like it!




my favorite!



i love this one too
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-13-2009, 05:00 PM
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You 2 look great together!I do suggest that you bring your leg alittle more forward so that you have a straight line from your hip to your ankle bone.Overall great job!
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thanks!
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-14-2009, 02:25 PM
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you need more bend in your elbow if your arm is straight you will have to lean and pull your arm low and out to make a turn you want your elbow to make a staight line with your arm and rein to the bit


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Hey there.
I have had the same issue with taking photos in our indoor arena...so I totally understand.
I too liked the pics and agree with what the others have stated....other than that you two looked good!
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What helped me with my elbows (only just yesterday at my lesson, ha ha), is to bring them back so that they're pretty much resting at your hips. That's where they should be. It will feel weird at first but I noticed a change almost instantly in the way my horse was going and carrying himself. That being said, he goes as an exact mirror of his rider, and is great for teaching you where you should be. I also do think that your leg is a little too far back. Really sink into your heels and use them to anchor you in your tack. Maybe stand in your stirrups for a second and let your leg get nice and long and your heel come down. Than focus on keeping your leg an heel that way.

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I agree for the most part!

It's quite hard getting your heels down in dressage as your stirrups are just about as long as your leg. I do see what you guys are saying though! In this particular ride, I had to keep my inside leg very active to keep her moving and encouraging her inside hind to step under herself more. That's probably what caused my heel to creep up.

I completely agree with bending my elbows. It's been a bad habit of mine since day one! I don't really use my arms for anything but to support her... everything else is for the most part my seat and legs (turning, transitions.. etc)... but I do think getting a bend in my elbow will help with the connection!

I don't necessarily agree with my leg being too far back. I think it's right where it should be... right under my hip. I do feel like my upper body needs to come back a little though.

With that being said, I will definately try the things you guys mentioned! Thanks!

Anybody have any input as to how Chloe looks?
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I totally understand about your heels. Right now it's the same with Zeus, I'm constantly having to encourage him with my legs and than my heel comes up.
I'm working on it right now too. I do agree that your heel should be under your hip but, especially in the second picture, it looks like it's just smidge too far back.

I don't have a lot to say about Chloe.
I'm still working on getting Zu to carry himself correctly now, and am still learning.
I have a hard time telling from a picture whether the horse is moving as correctly as they could be. From what I can see she's on the right track.
But I still think she could be working more from her hind end a be more off of her forehand.

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It's quite hard getting your heels down in dressage as your stirrups are just about as long as your leg. I do see what you guys are saying though! In this particular ride, I had to keep my inside leg very active to keep her moving and encouraging her inside hind to step under herself more. That's probably what caused my heel to creep up.
You should shorten your stirrups a hole then. Your stirrups shouldn't be too long to where you can't put your heel down, regardless if it is Dressage or not.

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You should shorten your stirrups a hole then. Your stirrups shouldn't be too long to where you can't put your heel down, regardless if it is Dressage or not.
Agreed. I forgot to mention, but if you can barely get your heel down the stirrups need to come up. I don't even have a dressage saddle for my dressage lessons, so my stirrups are always going to be too short.
It doesn't matter right now, especially in lessons, you can take them up a hole. You just need to be able to flex your heel down.
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