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post #1 of 11 Old 01-16-2010, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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tracking up help & critique

Wonderful outside - I didnt need a coat. This is our 2nd ride back since our cold winter (still is winter)


Here is what we looked like in the fall I have a tendency to stick my booty out and sink my back in. And Hero loves to diddle daddle.



So today I worked hard on not doing that lol but my butt has always been more dominant so it just might always stick out



Almost tracking up here but im leaning forward












How do I get him to track up better? Should I worry about that yet?? He is def out of shape we only do 15 minutes of riding since he was off for 3 months. I am surprised he remembers how to take contact


For those who don't know I got Hero in april and he was really really skinny and I had a really hard time putting weight on - though he still needs some meat he is 100% better then before ...I hope its more than just me that thinks that lol
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-16-2010, 11:17 PM
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he's cute! You guys look good together! To track up: push him into the bridle with your legs and 'catch' him with your hand. But make sure your hand stays soft and alastic. :) I totally want to see more pictures when you work on tracking up!!

That will also help him get into a 'frame' and maybe soften his back :)

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-16-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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I push and push trust me he is lazy!! So then it makes me tired lol we are both out of shape...
Someone told me to not even worry about his head? To let him trot freely for a few weeks which is a quick fast pace trot and he tracks up with it but its awful, soon as I get contact with his head he slows down and its feels pretty like a bouncy jig with his head all bent but photos show its not lol..but they said he'll get use to tracking up and itll come natural to him but should be able to do it at a slower pace
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-16-2010, 11:24 PM
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Looks really good - I have same problems as you with my butt tending to stick out and back arches. I think the most influential thing on my position has been doing pilates to strength my core, as it is the core that holds ya butt underneath you and you're back straight - when you ride think about tilting your pelvis, draw your belly button in and through to your spine, and stretch through the upper back.

You could do with having your leg a bit more underneath you. Also shorten your reins and lift your hands up and forward off the neck, make sure you don't rotate your thumbs downwards .. keep thumbs ontop and knuckles perpendicular to the ground, it looks like the reins come under al fingers - make sure they go above your little finger.

Looking really good , very cute horse (ps: my horse is named Hero too!)
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-16-2010, 11:28 PM
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I push and push trust me he is lazy!! So then it makes me tired lol we are both out of shape...
Someone told me to not even worry about his head? To let him trot freely for a few weeks which is a quick fast pace trot and he tracks up with it but its awful, soon as I get contact with his head he slows down and its feels pretty like a bouncy jig with his head all bent but photos show its not lol..but they said he'll get use to tracking up and itll come natural to him but should be able to do it at a slower pace
haha my horse was lazy too! Haha
Ya you definitely don't have to worry about getting his head down, but if you push him underneath you more its just sorta a bonus when he does that boucny jig really push him forwards

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-17-2010, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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thanks i'll work on my back and hands the reins are going through my pinky and ring finger just hard to tell lol
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-17-2010, 12:20 PM
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You're in a catch 22. Yes, you need to push him up into the bit from behind, but if there's no contact up front, you're just going to drive him out an empty door. You have some contact, but it could stand to be tweaked a little. In some pics your hands are in your lap and your others are in front of the pommel. Ideally your hands should be in front of the pommel with your elbows resting at your sides when your horse's head is slightly in front of the vertical. When the horse is not soft at the poll and sticking his nose out, instead of lengthening your reins, keep the same length and stretch your arms out to meet him. That way when he does start to soften to the bit and tries to stretch into the contact, the only thing you have to do is bring your elbows back to resting position to take up the rein slack. Your hands should always stay in that invisible box in front of the pommel. You already look like to you have soft hands, so just be careful to keep your elbows relaxed and occassional shrug your shoulders to keep your torso relaxed while he's getting used to the more constant contact.

Once you have the contact resolve, ride a ton of transitions to help get him off his forehand. Leg yielding, circles, serpentines and shoulder-fore all help establish the inside leg to outside rein connection.

Good luck.
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Sorry to double post, but I forgot. Pics 4 & 6 are the closest to good rein contact. If he softened completely in either one, your elbows would simply fall to your sides. Heck, maybe that's the issue? Are you inadvertently locking your elbows and blocking the contact?
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-17-2010, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice - I don't have the funds right now for a trainer so I really owe it to you guys for help. I have a hard time with my hands I never know where should go lol when I hold them high I feel like im towering over him and my friend says I need to put them lower so eitehr way im confused
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Thanks for the advice - I don't have the funds right now for a trainer so I really owe it to you guys for help. I have a hard time with my hands I never know where should go lol when I hold them high I feel like im towering over him and my friend says I need to put them lower so eitehr way im confused
With you elbows relaxed at your sides, your hands should be in a position that creates a straight line from your elbow to the bit.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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