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post #11 of 25 Old 12-20-2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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I do let my reins out to let my horse stretch at the trot and canter with loopy reins as warm up and cool out, not to focus on my hands, but to get him relaxed, when I do let them out should I do anything to work on my hands? Or just keep doing it? Sorry if that sounds confusing, not the best at explaining things

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post #12 of 25 Old 12-20-2010, 02:53 PM
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So I rode my horse for the first time in a week since the ring has been frozen solid so I decided to hack out to the jump field. I was trying to work on teaching my horse to lengthen his stride because we need to move up to extended trot, so my position is a bit sloppy. Please critique my position as well as what you think my horse needs to work on( I know a picture can't really show the horses "problems" but if you see any just tell me!)

I think you guys looks great, but you want to be careful with asking for extensions on hard ground. You can't guarantee that the ground is rideable everywhere and you wont run onto a patch of ice, and you saying that the other areas are not soft enough for riding, means to me that field can't be either.
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Ah good point luckily I didnt do much of it, and at the moment I've just been working on doing a slow collected trot and move into a larger working trot, so its not true extensions, im just getting him used to changing his striding in his trot without rushing into a canter.

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Ah good point luckily I didnt do much of it, and at the moment I've just been working on doing a slow collected trot and move into a larger working trot, so its not true extensions, im just getting him used to changing his striding in his trot without rushing into a canter.

Thank you for the tip!
Im sorry if I sounded a little rude. You guys look so great, it would be such a waste if all that happened was a bad slip and it caused a suspensory injury or it changed your boy's confidence because of a bad ground. There is a lot of lateral work or other under saddle work you guys could do or work on without risking slipping. Good luck with your progress
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Im sorry if I sounded a little rude. You guys look so great, it would be such a waste if all that happened was a bad slip and it caused a suspensory injury or it changed your boy's confidence because of a bad ground. There is a lot of lateral work or other under saddle work you guys could do or work on without risking slipping. Good luck with your progress
oh no don't worry, you didnt sound rude, I know that typing can sound harsh when it was meant in a nicer sounding way :)

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i do let my reins out to let my horse stretch at the trot and canter with loopy reins as warm up and cool out, not to focus on my hands, but to get him relaxed, when I do let them out should I do anything to work on my hands? Or just keep doing it? Sorry if that sounds confusing, not the best at explaining things
It's definitely a good thing to warm up and cool down on a long rein, or even to have a few "stretch breaks" after a really good few minutes of performance. I do that with my horses all the time, and they definitely appreciate it! It would be a perfectly opportune time for you to work on what I suggested with posting the trot on slack reins. It'll be good if your horse is just sort of relaxing and stretching while you work on that exercise.
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I think you guys look very good together. The only thing I could see was that you might try to put your elbow more "with" your core. A bit more bend and keep it tucked in close. When you postition your hands, think of your bent thumb as the "roof" on top of your hands and that it points DIRECTLY at the rings of your horse's bit! Keep lasering in with your thumb tips to the bit, raise your hands enough to put a bend in.
You are a good rider, no kidding.
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mighty,

I think you guys look very good together. The only thing I could see was that you might try to put your elbow more "with" your core. A bit more bend and keep it tucked in close. When you postition your hands, think of your bent thumb as the "roof" on top of your hands and that it points DIRECTLY at the rings of your horse's bit! Keep lasering in with your thumb tips to the bit, raise your hands enough to put a bend in.
You are a good rider, no kidding.
Thank you for the compliment, I really appreciate hearing that because lately I feel like my progress with my young horse is going downhill because I am not a good enough rider that has much experience really training horses. My lesson with a dressage judge tonight def showed me that my horse has SO much potential and I got to see a glimpse of it while riding him :) sorry off topic but thank you for the position tip, its a fantastic visual that I will remember!!

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You guys look really good! I would say you could roll your shoulders back just a smidge, and that's being picky! :) Maybe bend your elbows a little more and keep your thumbs (and eyes) up! But like I said, you guys look great! You and your horse seem to make a great pair! I love how he is really engaging and tracking over with his hind feet!
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You guys look really good! I would say you could roll your shoulders back just a smidge, and that's being picky! :) Maybe bend your elbows a little more and keep your thumbs (and eyes) up! But like I said, you guys look great! You and your horse seem to make a great pair! I love how he is really engaging and tracking over with his hind feet!
Thanks!! He is my dream horse!! And I will work on my elbows and eyes next time I ride!

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