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        09-30-2011, 12:09 PM
    During this ride did you feel "off balance"?
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        10-05-2011, 12:27 AM
    I didn't feel off balance. Never lost my stirrups or anything, but looking back they could have been shorter. My lesson is at 8pm tomorrow and I have someone who is willing to take additional pictures and video for me.

    It will be my first ever dressage lesson so be prepared to be underwhelmed I'm warning everyone now that I will be riding in my close contact saddle though. Don't want to unload hundreds of $$ on a saddle yet. Want to make sure I like this new discipline first .
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        10-07-2011, 03:59 PM
    Ok, here is a video from my first lesson with my new instructor. I really like her, she is USDF Bronze medal and is very down to earth. Please remember, I'm a newbie and the video is pretty bad hahaha. Also, my horse has never had lessons either, so as you can see, we are both trying to figure things out. My saddle is not doing me any favors, but unfortunately, it's all I have. It naturally puts me in a forward position (the lowest point of the seat is farther back, coupled with my shorter arms and trying to keep my hands over the withers, it looks like I'm always sticking my bum out.

    Apparently, I've been "steering" my horse incorrectly the whole time. Pulling the rein and not relying on my seat or leg. My instructor was trying to teach me to use my leg and seat to get him to move over to the wall. We practiced leg yields and turn on the forehand. As I said, it's pretty bad, but we all had to start somewhere right? Lol

    Thanks in advance for your replies and insight.
        10-07-2011, 04:38 PM
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    That was great!! You two are going to be awesome. I love your horse. Love the instructor and love your attitude. I think you have just TONS of potential with this horse/instructor. I feel very excited for you.

    YOur horse is so sensitve to the leg. Do you know what a gift that is? Never dull him out there and always thank him when he moves off your leg so willingly. With his long legs and long neck, he will be awesome in dressage.

    Honestly, go treat yourself to the saddle! It will help you sit up and stay right over his center of gravity, not that you are doing such a poor job in that saddle.
    YOu get an A+ from me.

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