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post #11 of 16 Old 02-09-2014, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by cessi0909 View Post
I have not read the other comments but first thing I noticed was a lot of leg movement, you seem to post right from your stirrup. I would suggest riding without stirrups to work on using your leg more. I would also suggest a little more bend in your elbow so your hands don't post with you, it would help keep them a touch quieter.
yeah those were the things I have worked on this past month. My stirrups were too long causing alot of unbalance.
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So, I know it's been a while but I think it's time to post some more videos. Alot has happened between now and January, if you want to find out I think it's all here on this thread :Our Dressage Developments... Open to all posts.

So main things I am working on, is trying to relax but still give effective aids. You see when I relax, I find it so difficult to use my leg or hands. Once I start giving hand or leg aids to Rhos I get tense and that travels through. So I am really trying to find a middle ground for that problem. We think I may be getting tense because I am trying to hard to get it perfect, because today I rode my sisters pony and he is a real pig. And bar a few piggy issues he went really well and did a beautiful counter canter and all. My mum says I am probably getting this on pelli because I don't give a dam about how perfect it is because I am not competing him in dressage, and what I am doing is just to get him thinking. SO any tips for my relaxation on Rhos will be much appreciated. You will probably see that I get stiffer in each video.

I have been working on transitions for two days now and plan to continue for the next 2/3 weeks coming up to Danescroft (mini international) and Silver spurs (competition based soley on rider).

I am also trying to improve lateral work, because I am moving up to Novice level after Danescroft and I need to be able to do medium trot, canter and counter canter. But I want to also be practicing for Elementry level when ever I get up there (hopefully).

So my main things I am working on are loosening up both pony and rider and getting transitions with less resistance, and lateral work.

Also I want to say, I have a problem with my hip. I don't know the name of the bone but what ever bone I think it is the bone that connects the hip/leg to the rotary joint (or something along those lines, I try not to focus too much on it.). But that means I can't walk straight, also i sit crookedly. I never had problems before, but now I am doing more work in dressage it's beginning to get sore, like a dull nagging pain. I am starting some excercises to strech my it out, but using my right leg effectivly is becoming difficult.

I think that covers the basics. So firstly while the other videos are uplaoding I will put up a video of our first registered dressage test.

When uplaoded I will also put up a video of us today, and at the winter finals in cavan.
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Also we have been offered a welsh section D, that has competed up to elementry level, and are being considered for the loan of a black 15hh welsh x warmblood stallion!

So really excited about those.
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This is him today. As you can see I'm very stiff. Also please don't take into consideration the fact his movement is dead and not covering any ground. It was the end of an hour session and he was tired.
This is him at winter champs. I think we got 69% in this test.
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He's made a really good change from show pony to dressage pony - be good to see you on something bigger so I hope you get the chance of a new horse
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Thank you very much Jaydee.

Yes I am actually really excited to get a new horse (though Rhos is going nowhere) because I do need one and we have been looking to find the perfect one for over 2 years now!

Hopefully we can progress more now.
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