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post #1 of 15 Old 10-19-2011, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Tell you see? Oliver undersaddle! First real pictures!

Okay wasnt getting really any replies on my last thread so I will put less pictures, a couple of the best. These are the first set of pictures I have gotten with me riding Oliver since I got him.
This wasa break through ride!

Please tell me what you think about his confirmation, his movement and sure ill take some tips on how to be a better rider.

My friend said she could eaisly see me teaching him the spanish walk haha what do you think?

We are getting ready to start taking him out for his first show outings and will be schooling training level test 2 and 3 in four weeks :)

Tear us apart!

I have now had him a little over 2 months
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-22-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hello? Anyone? Please! I haunt been getting a lot or really any critique replies!

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-22-2011, 06:06 PM
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What is his breed, age, etc?

I'm not a dressage type person (so I'm not sure how much help I'm going to be), but here's what I have noticed:

Something I've notice is he has a lovely stride. His rear is hoof is landing neatly where the front one left in several of the pictures and is very close in others. His front stride has good length also. Also, I can't help but notice that his ears are turned toward you, as if his focused on you and what you're asking of him. He frames up nicely undersaddle.

But in his ground picture (and once I looked back at the undersaddle pictures again) he seems a bit thin in the neck compared to the rest of his body. Also, his legs seem very delicate and out of proportion in the first picture, but not so much in the bottom pictures...

You said the first picture is from when you first got him? You can tell between the first picture and the last picture that you have really worked to get him to engage his hind. It looks stronger.

I don't know how much this helps...
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-22-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, he's only been back into work since the 2nd of august! Just been doing all the basics of forward, streching, relaxation, transitions, and able to work on my own position. He's come so far! He was on 24/7 pasture and was so fat and out of shape! He's only been under saddle for about 5 months going on 6 at the beginning of November! First show in 4weeks
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I personally am not a dressage rider, but my mom is. The main thing that jumps out at me is that you lean forward a bit. Your shoulders and hips should be a straight line. This helps you use your hips to absorb and go with the motion of your horse. Also in every single riding picture your inside heel is up. I know that you are using your leg to help him bend, but I would sink a little more weight into that heel so it isn't quite so noticeable. Otherwise, as palmetto said, Oliver has a very good stride and seems to be a good moving horse. :-D

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-22-2011, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I know that what we are really working on! I have risen jumpers for so long it's hard to sit so straight! Lol
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Your hands seem a bit low and your arms very straight in most pictures.

I only know this because I've started dressage a minute ago too, and coming from jumpers as well, I know how different it is! You'll get it though. I really like how your horse is coming along. Very pretty too! Did I miss where you posted the breed?

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post #8 of 15 Old 10-22-2011, 08:33 PM
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The few things i notice are, first of all, i love how he steps up. Try to keep your hands not so wide apart and sit back and 'deeper' (not harder, deep but soft) into the saddle, try to imagine you have weights attached to your ankles, that might help?
hes a cutie and will probably get more neck muscle as training goes on!

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post #9 of 15 Old 10-22-2011, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!! Sorry I forgot, he is a trekhaner/Tb cross. Yeah iv been really worming on my arms and hands, and sitting deeper in the saddle! Then my legs like to creep up! It's a mean cycle! Haha
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Your horse is lovely, and looks like a phenomenal mover. :)

Make sure that you keep your elbows bent. As my first riding instructor used to say, "Bend your elbows! You're riding a horse not pushing a trolley!" Don't bring your hands back anymore, but rather you should bring your hands up.

Also, to help you keep your heels down, which you need to work on just a tad, make sure that you're cueing with your upper calf, not your heel. Your cues should never come from your heel, always your upper calf. This will really help you keep your lower leg still. :)

You two look like a skilled, capable pair, and I think that you can definately excel together.

Have fun, love your horse, and remember: A tranisition is just a glorified half halt!
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