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post #21 of 30 Old 11-07-2008, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Update: So, unfortunately, I was not able to get photos today, but I made TONS of progress, and I can post the trot pretty well and get into rythm with Doc (Unfortunately, I did not ride Ludsen today since A. His trot is too powerful for it to be one I learn on. And B. He had just been used in 2 previous lessons.)

I'm getting more agressive, and I'm starting to be straighter in the saddle and looking up more, but I can't keep my heels down that well. ):
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post #22 of 30 Old 11-07-2008, 09:59 PM
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Maybe there are a few minor things you need to work on (I wouldn't know them because they're minor, but I'm guessing) but one thing I like about your style of riding is that your hands are nice and loose. No wonder your trainer is allowing you to ride her show horse, your position issues are very small for someone just beginning in english and you have light hands already! That is the most important thing since you said you were worried about ruining her horse, well having heavy hands is the easiest way to ruin a horse. I'm starting my first English lesson in 9 yrs next tuesday! Have fun you look great!!

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post #23 of 30 Old 11-11-2008, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the video links! They were really helpful!

Does anyone know where I can find a video of someone doing a good posted trot with their weight in their heels?

And I could use some advice on handling a really powerful trot, I'm having lots of trouble posting on Ludsen since he's a 'huge mover' ):
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post #24 of 30 Old 11-11-2008, 03:29 PM
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You hit em right on the nose

But by gosh that horse is gorgeous!

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post #25 of 30 Old 11-11-2008, 06:49 PM
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I just started back after 8 years off- I am taking dressage lessons- which is new to me...its been 4 months and believe me- I AM FAR FROM PERFECT- so don't be so hard on yourself after your FIRST lesson I lean forward too- and I cant seem to keep my legs far enough back...but practice makes perfect...or close to perfect. Keep up the work! And your SUPER lucky to have that beautiful guy to take lessons on!

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post #26 of 30 Old 11-11-2008, 08:30 PM
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I think you look great!! You really don't look like a beginner beginner at all. You have natural leg position and your heels go down nicely. Everyone tells you to keep your heels down, but remember to keep your toes pointing straight as well. Keep up the great work! And the horse you ride is gorgeous!

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post #27 of 30 Old 11-12-2008, 12:08 AM
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Stunning horse!

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post #28 of 30 Old 11-12-2008, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Lol! Thanks for all the compliments! If you think Ludsen is a pretty boy, you should see Marko and Teake! (: They're total heart-throbs! Probably not the right term, but I'm tired.

Also to add to my trotting video request; anyone have photos of good equitation at any or all of the gaits? I've been looking for a few but I can only find photos of people going over jumps or at weird angles.
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post #29 of 30 Old 11-12-2008, 07:02 AM
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Wow! Friesans are my favourite breed, you are so luck to be riding one! Regarding the riding, everything will improve with time. Once you become more confident and comfortable in the saddle you will be surprised at how quickly you pick things up! You're doing great.
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post #30 of 30 Old 12-20-2008, 08:00 PM
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For only having had a few english lessons, you are doing really great! You really aren't as bad as you think you are- you just have a few flaws but you look really natural and relaxed (even though you say you tense up, it doesn't really look like it). I think that you just need to work on getting your legs right under you- in one they were two far forward and in the others they looked like they might need to be a bit MORE forward. You might be leaning a bit too far forward, though. Overall, you did a really amazing job.
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