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        07-15-2013, 10:25 PM
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    Learning basics

    After being broke to ride at a Class A show barn for 7 months last year, we went all the way back to the basics to fix some major holes. I started lessons with an amazing trainer back in January and he's progressed by leaps and bounds ever since. I've got more control over his body now than I ever thought I'd have. Man, I'm glad I don't have any videos from the really bad riding days. Oh, and I'm using that new Micklem competition bridle, which is why he keeps stopping to rub his face on his leg, to see how he and I like it and do with it.

    In these videos (taken by my husband and my 8 year old daughter), we're doing work on some of the basics we've been learning. My trainer is a dressage trainer and uses terms that I don't know and often forget (like volte - sp?). We did some turns on the haunches at the walk and trot, turns on the forehand at the walk and trot, tried to work into an extended trot going clockwise, tried to work on long and low walking (this is a touch and go thin -, sometimes it's great, sometimes it doesn't happen), stopping square, balance, and rhythm.

    He's very weak on the right side due to conformational issues, so we're dealing with all the problems that brings as well. If you have the sound on, at one point you'll hear them start working on the barn roof and you'll hear my husband and my daughter talking in the background. Lol. Try to ignore all of that.

    Let me know what your opinions are and if there's anything you see that I can be working on with him.




         
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        07-15-2013, 10:57 PM
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    Showing
    You need to move your arms at the walk... and I feel you need this horse to go forward. Regardless of discipline you need this horse to not hesitate and happily travel consistently.


    With that being said.. your hands are steady but the reins aren't.. they flop around which isn't a nice feeling for your horse. Either have a little contact or make sure that your reins aren't just jittering around.

    But you're very quiet on her which is great.
         
        07-15-2013, 10:59 PM
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    Here's the video my daughter took.

         
        07-15-2013, 11:04 PM
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    Thanks, Sky!

    I agree that he needs to move forward more energetically. We're working on that, lol. That's definitely on our to-do list! The reins I need to switch out because they came with the bridle and have those knob things on them that don't slide easily through the martingale. I agree that they're irritatingly "jingly" when they catch loosely. This is the second time I've ever used this bridle, so I'm still doing the fine-tuning and adjusting on it.
         
        07-15-2013, 11:06 PM
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    Showing
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    Originally Posted by SEAmom    
    Thanks, Sky!

    I agree that he needs to move forward more energetically. We're working on that, lol. That's definitely on our to-do list! The reins I need to switch out because they came with the bridle and have those knob things on them that don't slide easily through the martingale. I agree that they're irritatingly "jingly" when they catch loosely. This is the second time I've ever used this bridle, so I'm still doing the fine-tuning and adjusting on it.
    So how is he without the martingale?
         
        07-16-2013, 07:23 AM
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    It's only there to keep him from bopping me in the face when he gets frustrated or is having difficulty working through something. This is slowly becoming less and less, but still a precaution that I take at this point in his training. Otherwise it's just decoration and the reins are through the highest rings - it's a 10-ring martingale.
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        07-17-2013, 08:06 AM
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    Any other thoughts?
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        07-24-2013, 04:30 PM
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    Foal
    Needs to move more forward and to stretch that neck down so his back can come up. I have a horse who likes to be high-headed, so what I taught him to do was to move long and low on the longe line. Did this without side reins; he had complete freedom of his neck. Starting out, he wanted to go around high-headed but I'd jiggle the longe line a little, urge him on forward, and as soon as that head came down, even an inch, I praised him. It didn't take him long to figure things out and now he he does a beautiful stretchy trot on the longe line.

    This has translated well into our riding sessions. But the key is to move forward and encourage downward. Ask your instructor about this.

    I liked the way he remained so quiet and steady throughout all the banging. And your seat is quiet, too. If you're going to ride with contact, though, try keeping your elbows closer to your sides and your hands closer together, just over the withers, with a straight line from the bit to your elbow. Keep the elbows soft, giving forward and backward at walk and canter, and like a hinge (opening and closing) at the trot.

    Good luck with him!
         

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