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        07-24-2008, 03:54 AM
      #1
    Foal
    dressage critque

    Im only 13 but love dressage and I have 16.1hh bay irish hunter who does the most beutiful dressage and always does a beutifull test but my rider marks arent always up to stantard I always have a prob with looking down but any extra info would be awesome thanx
         
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        07-24-2008, 04:14 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    In the first pic the horse looks like he is on the forhand which might be because you are leaning forward. Look up, bring your elbows to your side, and keep your thumbs pointing up.

    In the second one, elbows, hands, and remember to keep your toes in.

    In the 3rd one you are looking down again. And again your toes are out and you need to bring your elbows to your side and fix your hands.

    I think your horse may be breaking along the neck instead of at the poll.

    Are you riding in an Isabell??
         
        07-24-2008, 05:01 AM
      #3
    Foal
    Yes I do ride in an isabell the 3rd one was my first show with him last season I ahev gottn better about the looking dwn but not much has changed lol!!
    He does get on the forehand but is not to bad I love him to pieces tho thanks for the comment will try thoose next time!!
         
        07-24-2008, 02:47 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Okay, the other poster answered about most of the basic stuff that I saw too (sorry I can't remember your name!).

    You said he's a bit heavy on the forehand, so you might already know this, but I thought I'd through it in. He needs to learn that the reins aren't for leaning on. It'll help when you start looking up more. Roll your shoulders back, elbows towards your waist, nice, allowing rein contact, eyes up.

    When he leans on the bit, ask for a little forward with your legs, and keep your hands allowing, but try not to let him go faster by squeezing them a little bit. Also, maybe try some half-halts, to really pick him up and get him using his haunches. Another thing you could try is just from time to time at the trot, drop the reins so you're holding the buckle and he has nothing to lean on, and make him keep trotting. He'll have to balance himself without leaning on the bit to do this. That doesn't work on all horses, but it does help with some in my experience.
         
        07-24-2008, 06:13 PM
      #5
    Foal
    You and your horse make a nice team!

    Rememberthename made alot of great points. But, I would advise against working without rein contact. I suggest dropping the inside rein but keeping that outside rien. Work with no reins is very difficult and requires a very balanced horse who is NOT on his fore. Dropping the reins with this particular horse will probably only make him rush and become more on the fore.

    In order to keep your horse off his fore, you must create energy from his hind and keep it moving into your hands. Then with your hands you control and redirect that energy up. Like two hands on either end of a slinkie, pushing it together and up.

    You cannot hold that energy if you have no rein contact. You cannot take one hand away from the slinkie and expect it to keep its shape. That's why I suggest keeping your outside rein to hold that energy but drop the inside rein to encorage him to stay balanced and on the bit.

    Once your horse is consistantly off his fore, thayou can momentarily drop the rein to test his self carraige. But I wouldn't use it as a means to create self carriage.
         
        07-25-2008, 04:35 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Hae thanx for all that didnt get a chance to practice toady because mum rode him had my sis's sjer lol did not like the cows running up his bum they gave me and him a big fright!!!
    Also too wet to school end up 6 feet under after doing one cicle but have got a dressage comp this week on him and my sisters 15.1hh chestnut showjumper(im turning him into a poofy dressage horse much to her disgust she wants to turn my dressage horse into a showjumper she's slowly getting there )
    But will keep that all in mind
    He does get very on the forehand and leans soo much if not schooled for ages but is always very light afetr a holiday (go figure!!) also my other prob I have had with hym latley if anyone can help he has never done this before but he warms up perfectly but as soon as he gets into the ring just goes dead and you end up with no horse he either charges and ignores me or leans like hell!! (lucky no matter what he gets awesome tests!!! But it drives me crazy because it feels absoloutly horrible but everyone says it looks fine because he is always down and round but he jst charges lol) it dosent matter if you warm him up for over and hour or don't warm him up at all its his latest party trick!!
         
        07-27-2008, 07:16 AM
      #7
    Foal
    I found this quite funny, because we're practically the same.... im 13 and I love dressage..... and....... I tend to make the exactly same mistakes you do .... which I would say are... looking down a bit, not bending my elbows quite enough and leaning forward a tad
         
        07-27-2008, 11:56 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Most riders make those mistakes.
         
        07-29-2008, 02:41 AM
      #9
    Foal
    I have to say I have improved abit with showjumping my sisters horse as you have to look up for him to know wher you want him to go otherwise it is very hard to steer but its getting better and he folows your body heaps so if you lean the wrong way in a canter transition f don't look up you get the wrong lead (which I do alot)
         

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