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post #11 of 20 Old 03-23-2007, 12:15 PM
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I can't really critique anything! She's a BEAUTIFUL horse and looks like she has a good rider!
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post #12 of 20 Old 03-25-2007, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Hsharp123 Thanks for your comments :)
I am probably a little tense in my upper body, i'm working on it. Oska had a pulling problem, but she's a lot more softer now. I used to finish each ride with sore shoulders. It was awful. Now she's going a lot softer and doesnt pull. I no longer get sore shoulders so that's a good thing.

I lunge her quite frequently and constrantly work on her frame, and its improving out of sight. Some of the multiple shots she looks jammed up... so i'm trying my hardest to get more flexible in the neck. She does however have a short neck and is quite compact... And the left rein canter is an absolute shocker. Just dreadful, but on the lunge we're doing lots of canter work, and also while i'm riding I do short bursts of canter transitions. Say about 5 to 9 canter strides then back to trot, and then same again. This has really helped her. Also trot to halt, and some rein back..etc..

I used to have lessons 3 times a week, but havent had any lessons for a while now due to money. But my landlord that lives upstairs is a coach and judge so she often yells out tips from upstairs :)

If anyone else has any feedback it would be greatly appreciated :)
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post #13 of 20 Old 03-25-2007, 11:13 AM
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In that case you are doing all the right things and now only time will tell!
Short/compact down hill horses will always struggle but you are doing well and can't see it posing her a problem for too much longer if you continue the good work. Definatley try a passoe kit on her while lunging as it will aid her to keep her back end under making it easier for her to come up and light into a correct shape. Don't use anything like fixed side reins if you can help it as down hill horses tend to use them less as 'guide reins' and more as 'support reins' to hold them up as they run on Hehe (which wont help her mouth become softer in the long run)
I know passoa kits are expensive however you can get fake ones which work just aswell off ebay for under £25! ( I have one! Gr8!!)

She's stuuning and you will get there! (itl be the next problem then- "best levellers around-horses", so my coach tells me when they go from one problem to the next! Wouldnt be without them though!!!

All the best!!
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post #14 of 20 Old 03-25-2007, 03:21 PM
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aww, she looks lovely!!!!
Love the last pic you posted of her!!!!
I think your position is good, you carry your hands nicely!!!!
She looks like a good mover judging on the pics lol ..............x
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post #15 of 20 Old 03-26-2007, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Aw thanks girls... You are kind..
I have a pessoa system for my horse, I used to use it, but people turned their noses up. I do use side reins now, and used to long rein her as well. I do some hill work as trail work as well. I am lucky to have an arena at home so it helps. My biggest struggle is me... And being consistent. I started to ride full on, and had her working 5 days a week, but then something comes up and i'm back to square one again.. or the last time, we had a floating accident and she had to have time off... so now we're back on track... we should be right... and it does really work, once you are consistent with your work.... :) its just keeping that motivation going.. :)
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post #16 of 20 Old 03-26-2007, 11:56 AM
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You are very tense in your upper body, especially in your shoulders personally I think that this is destroying most of your position.

A) look up because when you look down you slouch

B) open your shoulder (this will also come with looking up)

C) relax breath and let all the weight sink into your saddled) hold your stomach muscles and let your breast come forward and our and your shoulders back relaxed and elbows softly bent.

D) take your leg back formt he hip.

E. Put weight into your heel.
* it looks to me as though you ar wearing full gum boots? The rubber boots? I could be corrected but on the point those boots are terrible for position, the are loose and not fitter and the restrict your heel and foot movement refraining you from getting your heels down and therefore bringing your knee up and loosing your leg position completely.

To me your horse looks very tense as if she has been pulled into the frame and not just sitting there relaxed through her back and on her quarters. It looks like it is coming form the head only. Being on the bit is not just having a round head fram but working through the hind quarters and being pushed into the bit rather than pulled. HTis gets them through the back.

Hope I could help you both have awesoem potebtial good luck
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post #17 of 20 Old 03-26-2007, 12:03 PM
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Aw passoa kits are brilliant as they are only fighting themselfs and there is also immediate relief when they come up and under from behind (witht them working on a pully system)
Many people thought it was rubbish at my yard too, but if it works im not one to take any notice im affraid. If it didnt work with her though fair enough- different things for dif horses eh?!

Yep consistency is my big flaw to! Im awful for allowing something one day or not being quick enough to stop it and then having a battle with them the next over the same issue! (STUPID ME I know!) im trying....hehe

Anyway she's gorgeous and yourl do fine,

Elz x
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post #18 of 20 Old 03-26-2007, 03:16 PM
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I think the pessoa is great, I use it n my pony, and have noticed a big difference in her after using it, I find it comes through when I am riding her too. I agree with hsharp123 too, it will work with soem horses and not with others. Personally I think you should use what is best for your horse, not what other people "like" using.........................xx
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post #19 of 20 Old 03-26-2007, 03:46 PM
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Yeh, I agree, pessoas are good, I've seen the change its made to princess wee-lynz!!

I think the ony thing could critique is that you should keep your head up and hands upmore! Your horse is lovely!! Xoxoxox
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post #20 of 20 Old 03-26-2007, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hey NIkki Thanks for your feedback.
I have a lot of problems with my posture off the horse, I have scoliosis (curvature of the spine) so I find it hard to even stand up straight and keep my shoulders back, if I do put my shoulders back, it pushes my head forward. I know this is a big flaw with my riding and I have to try and keep my head on my shoulders. I am wearing short boots and ariat gaitors, not gumboots at all....

My horse used to pull very badly to the point that she used me as a lever to hold herself up. We are working on it now, and I no longer get pulled along, she is starting to go along nicely and use her own weight.

I appreciate all critism and feedback. So let loose if you think I could improve on a little bit or alot.. I know I have a lot to fix.... But i'm trying... :)
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