What do you see? Going for training level this show season

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What do you see? Going for training level this show season

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        02-21-2014, 11:18 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking What do you see? Going for training level this show season

    Please tell me what you think I will be adding video ina day or two to this I I can get it to work...It will really help you tell me what you think. Here are the best pictures of the video- sorry from my phone so not the best quilty.

    All I have to say is that we finally figured out even contact and wow awsome, still a bit behind/infornt of the bit at times but 10x better
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        02-21-2014, 11:19 PM
    Green Broke
    more photos

    A couple more and again ill be adding vieo and more pictures this weekend
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        02-22-2014, 02:14 PM
    Green Broke
    Anyone? Any tips? Good/Bad? Anything? :)
        02-22-2014, 05:36 PM
    The only things I can pick on is shorten the reins just a hair more and think about the "give" being in your elbows instead of your hands so you don't start to lose the contact. Your upper body just looks a bit stiff in the shoulders. I think you can easily fix that by doing shoulder shrugs when you're warming up. It's not bad, just something that shows up in still pics.

    Overall you look great. Good luck with training level this year!
        02-22-2014, 05:38 PM
    Oh yeah, I forgot to add bend your elbows a little more to raise your hands just a hair when you take the little more contact. I know I keep using the works 'tad' and 'little', but that's how close you are to good contact. It's just a few more tweeks and you'll have a seriously nice connection going on there.
        02-22-2014, 10:07 PM
    I think the stills look nice, probably a video would be easier, if you had one. It's a good feeling to get them to understand the forwardness, congrats on starting that. I like in the first walk picture, he looks forward and consistent with the trot frame. Is the canter coming along too?
        02-23-2014, 08:22 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking Thank you for the replies!

    Our canter has been a tricky one but hopefully in the coming weeks it should be improving a lot since he was adjusted and massaged a couple weeks ago and I can see and feel the biggest difference (good) in him by far.

    In the trot he is still seeing what he can and can not do....I close a door and he looks for another way out by tossing his head, tensing up and all the typical young learning horse way of learning ;) But I can say in these two lessons I could realy feel him look for the conact, when he got unsure and tried to open a closed door and I would remind him no by half halt and inside leg he would settle right back into the contact and hold it a few strides longer..... he would really relax into the contact and breath. His back would swing and I could really feel his hind end come under each stride and was able to help push him more into the contact in spots of the circle where I knew he would be more prone to coming above the bit or where there was a slight distraction.

    For sure this arena with is being covered and fully enclosed really helps both of us relax more.... a sense of security always helps!!

    We did have a military helicopter fly over the arena (10 times louder and shook the walls....setting horses in the paddocks off ) something you will se in the video once I post it! And he handled it pretty well....and came back to work very nicely.

    The video is a work in progress as it is a 24 minute video so it will take a long time to upload onto youtube and I have limited access to computers lol

    I am hoping that in the fallowing few weeks the walk and the trot will be come more and more steady with holding the conact and pushing from behind. I know that the walk will really help our canter. I know the tools I need to use for working on the canter and I am working very hard on doing nothing with my body, his job to work not mine! Easier said then done!!!

    As Puck pointed put about shoulder shrugs- you will see in the video that is exactly what she had me do and BOY did that help me relax and remember to sit tall....also made my right shoulder VERY sore!!!

    I would love more critiques if you have ideas and or thoughts!

        02-23-2014, 09:58 PM
    Green Broke
    Some Videos!

    Here is a short video of us troting to the left

    Trotting Left 2/21/14 Beth Lesson - YouTube
        02-23-2014, 10:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Here is the 2nd Video...Note a military helicopter flies over the arena and well...it gave up forward energry and he came back to me...this time last year I would have spent the rest of this lesson getting me re-focused and going again

    Walk/Trot Left 2/21/14 Beth Lesson - YouTube
        02-23-2014, 11:17 PM
    I think the video helps a lot! The thing that I notice the most, is that your hands are kind of busy. They move up with each stride, and I think you both would benefit from a steadier contact that doesn't bump his mouth. My trainer would put a grab strap across the front of my saddle for me to touch, so I would have a physical reminder when my hands were moving too much.

    If the goal is training level, maybe its not an immediate need, but I think his trot looks nicer in the forwardness post-helicopter business. It gets more active and a little less on the forehand. I would do a ton of transitions to get everything more stable quicker, but it looks pretty good!

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