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    01-19-2011, 04:10 PM
Is there anything that I can do, such as exercises, to help her stay straight down the lines? Or something I can do to get a better approach? I can't really jump too much right now, because, all I have to ride in is an outdoor, and the ground gets kind of hard some nights. Maybe something with ground poles?
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    01-19-2011, 04:13 PM
Grids. Ground poles.
Some dressage work will help too. Lots and lots and LOTS of balance. :)
    01-19-2011, 09:23 PM
You had moments where you can see what kind of team you guys will be (when you get there, I don't want to show against you).

Till then, you as the more advance part of the team MUST ride every fence. You know what they say about making assumptions... haha. I personally have nothing against trotting corners. But it should be done in an organized manner. Half Halt, downward transition, at least 3 strides of a balanced trot, upward transition.

What you need in the rounds are finesse. You can get over the jumps and you have a nice pace. LOOK for your turns before you make them. I had no clue what fence you were going to till you were a few strides out. On the center lines, you should be making a straight line from rail to rail, not and s shape unless it's a severely broken line. If you have a fence off the rail come off the rail approaching straight. Don't ride the rail, then swerve out to that fence then back to the rail.

Between lines it's all about having a solid leg and hand. To me it looks like your horse dives for the rail. So block her with your outside leg at take off, so she is less liable to dive. Dressage or riding center lines can really help with straightening you out.

And one more thing... Elbows. Please unlock them. They are stuck out and your hands glued to your horse. It' looks pretty to some extent and helps your release, but gives you less control and communication. Very important for a green horse.

Once you smooth out your lines, I think you'll be unbeatable. In which case I will be avoiding the shows you're at. ;)
    01-19-2011, 11:57 PM
I totally agree with everything you said. I think I was subconsciously not keeping my leg on because she was being really fresh when I was schooling, but my sister said the same thing you did, about keeping my leg on, kind of use my leg to give her support rather than using it to make her go fast.

My trainer also said the same thing about my arms. He said there is only so much my arms can stretch. So I should sit back and keep my shoulders back. I swore I was leaning back, but I wasn't.

I never really practiced riding 5 stride lines like that, we (my sister and I) always make up courses with a 1 stride to a 3 stride, stuff like that. More of jumper courses, because my sister does jumpers. We also do a lot of gymnastics. And my horse is great at stuff like that. But next course we make up is going to have longer lines. I need more practice than my sister anyway.

Thanks so much.
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    01-20-2011, 01:56 PM
Anyone else??
    01-20-2011, 02:14 PM
I think everyone else pretty much covered it.

You need to keep doing flat work where you and your horse learn to canter not strung out. Then you can add shortening and lengthening your stride to fit what you need.
    01-20-2011, 02:18 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I think everyone else pretty much covered it.

You need to keep doing flat work where you and your horse learn to canter not strung out. Then you can add shortening and lengthening your stride to fit what you need.
I'm sorry for being ignorant, but what do you mean strung out?
    01-20-2011, 02:22 PM
Disengaged. Instead of doing a real canter she is almost running.
    01-20-2011, 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Disengaged. Instead of doing a real canter she is almost running.

Kind of like how her back legs look like they are floating along behind her? Because that is one of my biggest problems, I'm having a hard time trying to fix it.
    01-20-2011, 02:42 PM
Yes, exactly.

That is fixed by flat work.

She has to learn to use her back end instead of pulling it around with her front end. Once she learns that jumping will work better too.

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