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post #11 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 03:22 PM
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You look great, and you are very lucky to have such a nice horse!
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 03:37 PM
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That is pretty impressive considering the time frame. And your horse is just adorable.

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post #13 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! Zee has given me a tremendous amount of confidence and helped me focus on regaining some of my basic skills without my fear taking over. Everyone thought I was a tad crazy when I decided to buy him because of his age, but I couldn't ask for a better partner!

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post #14 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 04:11 PM
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I sold my horse when I was 18 and just started riding two years ago at 28 so I know how it is regaining the skills! You are lucky to have such a great partner!
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post #15 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Tamara, its sad to realize how much more difficult things are when you're older. I get so frustrated by how much longer it takes me to improve than it did when I first started riding at 10! I was riding 4' jumpers when I stopped, and now I get nervous when my instructor takes a vertical from 2' to 2'3"!! Oh how I miss the days of fearless ignorance...

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post #16 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 04:58 PM
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I did hunters in high school and never did shows over 2'. I have jumped 3' but only a few times. I get scared so easily now and haven't gone over more than a cross rail, and that was a year ago when I was doing that. I am getting my new horse this week and hope to start jumping again. He jumps, I haven't jumped on him yet though. I am getting him from my trainer and she has had him for a year and a half. Here is a picture of him, that is not me on him! Lol
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 08:15 PM
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I didnt get much time to watch the videos, but I have two things. 1. Push your heels down! Especially when jumping. Think that an anchor is pulling your heels to the ground. And number two is he is a little lazy when jumping, but it could have just been that day. Get him going working with his hind end more, then you'll be doing great!
Very impressed with your improvement. Keep up the good work! Beautiful horse btw(:

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post #18 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 08:38 PM
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You seem to be rising out of the saddle in the canter, you need to put more wieght into your feet.
Also when rising you seem to be angled very far forward...
And like you said elbows in :) I tend to have the same problem
But you to look great together and looks like there has been massive improvements
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 09:00 PM
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I watched the new video and part of one of the older one (my laptop is slow to download). What I see most evident is the you two seem to know each other better. You aren't pushing him when he isn't ready, like on the wrong foot, or when he is just slightly off balanced, and he is being pretty fair about offering you some more energy. He seems really happy and at home with you and you with him. To me, that is a quality that can't really be quantified, but makes or breaks all else that is built upon it.
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post #20 of 22 Old 01-11-2011, 10:04 PM
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In case anyone is interested...I may have a kidney up for sale since Kelly has decided that her and Zee need a new saddle! :-D
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