Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar View Post
Wow, thank you Anebel!
Agreed that I need to stretch my legs down, keep my hips open... I think it's a mind over matter...mind over muscle? Deal for me at this point. Once I do stretch my legs down, wrap them around him I feel an immediate difference.
Just a few weeks ago was he going mock 10 for the first few minutes in the canter so he's really progressing. He's so much straighter, softer and listing 15x more then before. We just got his leads....I started riding to much with my outside rein only and not fully vomiting to the trantition so we had lots of issues! Now I'm riding it much better and getting them when I ask the first time. Not only that but I feel he's trying to stay more engaged in the trantitions... Not hallowing out and tensing up. I know the video didn't show that much so hoping to get more of that next time!
Another big step up for him...and I suppose this means I am riding him better as well as he has more confidence in himself and trust in me?....I have him more engaged, with me, relaxed and thinking along the long sides. Before it was just our circles but something changed in the lady week or so....he's with me. Really trying. I'm just so pleased.
Now as for your explanation of the whip via collection you lost me...completely somehow lol!
I'm needing to really really crack down on our leg yields. So not together when it comes to those! I think I'm intimidated by them...have no clue why lol
Spirals for canter-transitions in with them.....can you explain further into what I need to be looking for? Feeling? Asking for? What I really don't want?
I have a feeling I will get ally of breaks into trot when I first try this exercise cause he will be pretty unsure at first....
With the clinician I ride with in the summer....he comes back first week in June....we do shoulder fore.
Now I need to go back and work on this, I seem to tight my whole lower body when I do this...completely not helpful!
Hoping to grab a friend later this week or this weekend to video me!
Thanks again so much! I really feel he is telling me he's ready to be pushed further, harder as he has opened up his brain to more and is truly enjoying our rides!
Ok I am finally on a computer and watched a bit of the video. First of all, the video shows a rider using her seat to ride the horse. This is a concept foreign to most North Americans who are used to riding on their crotches and having the sun shine out of their tushies and pulling on the face to control the horse. If you don't like this deep dressage seat, there is a H/J forum that you are free to visit.
In the halt - that is not the correct exercise for the horse. He will become more supple with lateral work, not with pulling on his face in the halt. A better exercise for him (and you) is going to be to halt, rest your hands on the withers and ride him up to the bridle by taking one step and halting, and take one step and halt, and one step and halt. Until you have individual control over each leg and can position the hind legs in the halt, directly under you. Only do a few steps at a time to begin so as not to overface him.
To break down the leg yield and make it more manageable, that is why we start with a turn on the forehand. The TOF is the same exercise as I just described in the previous paragraph, except now you are asking for his haunches to move sideways. One step at a time, eventually when he is stronger, you can ask for a fluid TOF, but ask only now for a few steps, one at a time so you don't overface him.
Then, take the exercise to a spiral in and out. In a trot, come to a 12m circle, and yield out to a 20m circle. Then add the canter transitions. There are two places to put the transitions (and a few variations of the exercise). First is to trot onto the 12m circle, yield to the 20m circle and as soon as you hit the 20m circle line, ask for a canter. Then trot and repeat. The second way is to start on a 15 m circle, canter, then yield out and trot. He will probably begin by falling out of the trot almost immediately, but eventually you will be able to keep him cantering the whole way out (it might take you a few circles to yield the whole way out at first). Then one variation to the exercise is to do the 12-20m circle in trot, ask for the canter on the 20m circle and then head across the diagonal in a yield in the same lead - this is harder than the other yield. Again, he will start by trotting almost immediately, but eventually will get strong enough to do more of the diagonal.
Once you have the spiral going well, then add leg yields on the straight away in trot. Start from the q-line to the wall, and pick an end point and ride to it. Don't let him waver from your line, even in the LY. Eventually graduate to c-line to wall LYs and make them steeper. Once this is good, adding more lateral work will be beneficial.
When working with a clinician, try to integrate what they work on into your program. Work on the SF and improve it so when he comes again, you can continue on and aren't paying the big $$ for the same lesson every time. Things only get better with practice.