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        10-17-2012, 05:07 PM
    For not having ridden in over three years...

    Just out of curiosity...
    I hadn't ridden in over three years, and this was my second lesson.
    (I'm in the teal shirt on the chestnut pinto with the pink saddle pad)

    You can mute it or ignore the Halo music. The lack of audio bugged me.

    This is kind of irrelevant at this point since I'm doing dressage now instead of H/J...but still.

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        10-17-2012, 11:08 PM
    I do not think your posting is terrible, by the way. Ha!
    I do see an unbalanced rider. But not a new rider. I can tell that the muscle memory is there. You're not riding your horses face, or flopping back onto your horses loins when you sit in the saddle. I'm not offended by your riding at all. I think a good couple months and you'd be right back in the game. I will say that at the canter, I like a horse that can pick up a canter ANYWHERE. I assume this is a lesson horse, so sometimes only picking up the canter in the corners, or doing that messy strung out trot, is the best you can get. It's simply my preference that a horse be able to pick up the gait I am requesting, at any point. Also, a little bit shorter rein at the canter will bridle the horse up in to your hands for a wee bit of connection. I'm not saying he needs to be "on the bit" but I think shortening your reins and asking your horse to connect with you, is completely appropriate.
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        10-18-2012, 05:53 AM
    Good to know I hadn't gotten too rusty. Yes this was a lesson. My second lesson, in fact, back from my equine dry spell. I'm overly critical of myself, which is currently getting in the way of my relaxation for dressage. In the beginning we were to get the canter in the corners, but later on in the lessons we would canter (sometimes group canter if the class was small enough or we were in the larger outdoor arena) whenever our instructor asked us to. The horse I was on here was a difficult one. She didn't like cantering and it took a lot of leg to keep her going. Most people liked to use a crop with her, but I always have trouble finding a comfortable way to hold one so I went without XD

    Thank you.
        10-18-2012, 11:50 AM
    I've been riding for a little over 20 years, and to this day I STILL hate riding with a crop. It just feels funny no matter how I hold it! So I totally relate to that. :)

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