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    01-23-2009, 09:27 PM
Dressage Critique

Critique Chance on his dressage.
Have been working very hard on getting him to work forward into the bit. Ill show you a picture of our dressage the day after I got him at our first show and then 1 month later.
What do I need to work on with him?
Please don't critique me cause the way I ride is only due to injury and having to ride how I do.
Day after I got him:

One month later:

First attempt at lengthining across the school.
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    01-23-2009, 09:35 PM
Very much improved!
I would get your horse to work on impulsion from the hind end; you want the horse to push from the hind, and round from the back end, through the back, and through the neck.
I would also suggest getting your horse to stretch for the bit; don't allow him to suck back, rather get him to stretch downwards and forwards to the bit, working through his back. Stretching helps a lot.

I'm tired at the moment, so that's all I can offer at the moment.
    01-24-2009, 12:13 PM
I think you two look lovely :) and definite improvement!

Like JustDressageIt said, I would concentrate on getting him to stretch down and forward, and get him loose in the back. Generally, with a horse that wants to come above the bit, unlike one that wants to come behind the bit, its generally more difficult for them to learn to relax through their back. Caveletti work would also likely help tremendously
    01-24-2009, 12:55 PM
Your hands are in your crotch. This generally is not a good thing because it "locks" your arms in a backwards and pulling position, while encouraging you to lean forward and balance with the reins. This then puts you in a defensive "fetal" position which doesn't look pretty, and your horse wont take you seriously.
What you really need to work on is balancing yourself before worrying about the horse. Try to think about sitting in the center of the horse, not too far forward or too far back. And then think about "balancing your head" on your body. You should not have to use muscle strength to keep your head on top of your body, it should just naturally stay there with balance. While doing this just let your arms forward and put them in front of and rested on the saddle. You shouldn't NEED reins to steer, work on steering and going forward and back from the combination of stalling and pushing aids from your seat, plus your leg aids. While keeping in balance. As soon as you are balanced, riding your horse in a good natural rhythm without pulling or jostling him around, he will come into a contact beautifully. The front end of the horse is not your problem, the horse has to establish a contact, you can't do that for him.
Also: Don't let anyone discourage you for being a "bigger rider". You can do it just as well (and in some cases better) than anyone else. Hilda Gurney is not a small lady, and she wins CDI PSG classes all the time, and is a lovely rider. I got the privilege of watching her school a horse under saddle once and WOW was that cool! this is her years ago riding a stallion in competition.

Good luck!
    01-24-2009, 07:17 PM
Thanks everyone!

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