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post #11 of 13 Old 11-12-2011, 05:31 PM
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To be honest, I think your striding is off for the poles and 3 stride. You're three stride is REALLY long... Had you collected him right off the fence, you could have made a nicer 4 stride.

He really has a nice cadence coming to a fence, which makes me think his flat work is coming along well. You need to ride right to the fence. 5 strides out you should be focusing on your spot and adjusting him as such to teach him where to meet the fence. Right now you're getting to close and are going to create a chipper.

I would recommend using a placing pole to bounce him into the right spot, so you get it right... especially if you have difficulty seeing distances. There's a great exercise that you can do with ground poles, placing them at distances where you can get a long 3 or shortish 4 as would come around a corner and down the long rail. When you hit it right, you know cause it goes smoothly. It will teach you how to collect/extend to meet distances and see them.

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post #12 of 13 Old 11-20-2011, 03:24 PM
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I think he's coming along nicely! I like his expression coming up to the jumps. He has a plesant way of going. A bit wiggly like you said but he has a nice and rythmical even stride. Personally I don't mind when a green horse breaksfrom trot to a canter and 'takes me to the jump". But there is a fine line between that and rushing.
He is trying very hard for you and I think he is looking for a bit of reassurance and help at the bottom of the jump. I think a canter pole, set a stride out from the fence is a great idea. It will help his learn where the correct spot to leave the ground is and it will also help you to remember to close your leg to give him that little extra push, which is what I think he's looking for.
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-20-2011, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
Just posted three new videos from this weeks lesson, and he was soo good, really forward, not as wiggly and really got the striding better! Check them out and tell me what you think!?
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