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        08-01-2009, 09:23 PM
    Max and I - Flat critique

    Ok, so I got Dad to take some pics of us doing flatwork today.

    This is a new saddle and I'm still getting used to it lol so I wasn't riding my best but critique me anyway.. Max is still learning to use himself properly and BEND around my leg instead of being as stiff as a board haha so any tips on helping him do that would be great
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        08-01-2009, 09:50 PM
    Others that your shoulders being a little rounded, you look good. To help with his bending, I have two exercises I use while warming up. First one is done at the halt. While standing still with proper rein contact, pick one side and weight your seat bone on that side a little more and take a little more contact with the rein on that side. (indirect rein works too) You're looking for just his eye and nostril, no need to bring his whole neck around. Once you have flexion to one side, ask on the other. Repeat about 5 times on each side until he gives to the flexion softly as soon as you begin to ask for it. The second exercise builds on the first. At the walk on the railing, weight and slide your inside seat bone forward. Ask for rein flexion at the same time on that side. The result should be a shallow turn to the inside. Complete a shallow serpentine by doing the same on the opposite seat bone and rein to get you back to the railing. Once your horse gets what you're asking for, try to do it with as subtle aids as possible. Some will give you the whole flexion ball of wax with just a slight seatbone adjustment. It's the beginnings of communicating with your horse solely through your seat. Both exercises should help him soften and bend better around your leg. Good luck. Cute horse!
        08-01-2009, 10:00 PM
    Thank you! I have been doing the first exercise with him but I was bringing his neck around not just his eye and nostril.. oops. I will work on doing the second exercise with him from now on :) thank you for the help.
        08-01-2009, 10:05 PM
    No oops. The other one works too for suppling where you bring their neck all the way around. I love that one for horses who have sides like plywood. It's just the one with eye and nostril flexion better sets them up for when you start asking for flexion while moving. Unlike the other way, they know they can stay well balanced while just softening to the inside rein a little. Most will willingly step into it since it actually helps them balance.
        08-01-2009, 11:10 PM
    Ok, thanks : ]
        08-02-2009, 11:24 AM
    I am new to trying to critique, haha, so other more experienced posters can correct me, but to me it looks like your stirrups might be a little long. :) Cute horsey though :)
        09-14-2009, 07:00 PM
    Try to kepp ur heels down, and ur cheast up. Also close ur fingers and bring ur elbows back to you.

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