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    10-03-2011, 03:41 PM
WOW. She's looking so much better now! The only thing that really catches my eye is her high wither... I bet saddle fitting is going to be fun for you. She has a nice face and honest eyes, and I bet she'll try her heart out for you. If nothing else, she'll be a fun ride for a few years and if she can't make it to the level you want to take her, she could become some little boy or girl's dream horse.
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    10-03-2011, 05:33 PM
Green Broke
She looks much better now. I also can't wait to see undersaddle pics of her!
    10-23-2011, 06:47 AM
Here is some under saddle photos and a short video of Lady. I had my 13yr old niece taking the photos/video, and unfortunately she didn't get more footage. Hopefully you can see enough from it anyway.

My focus on riding Lady at the moment is Relaxation and Rhythm. I'm not concerned with what she is doing with her head at this stage.

Please keep in mind that this is Lady's first ride in 2 months, and her first ride in this paddock! I thought she did pretty well!

I seem to be having issues embeding the video from youtube. Any suggestions?
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    10-23-2011, 07:07 AM
Never mind, I worked it out!

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    10-23-2011, 08:35 AM
Just one more photo!
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    10-23-2011, 09:26 AM
Green Broke
Absolutely lovely colour.

Where are you located? Backdrop looks a bit like Blue Mountains to me, NSW?
    10-23-2011, 01:47 PM
Im really enjoying this link :) I see huge consistant improvements in her and it was really good seeing her under saddle please keep posting :) xx
    10-23-2011, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the replies!

Saskia - I've actually just moved to Victoria, she is kept at my sisters property just outside of Girborne (which is about 50km west of Melbourne). It is such beautiful countryside. My sister is very lucky!

Brackenbramley - Thanks! I was planning on boring everyone with regular updates! Any excuse to show off my beautiful Lady as she improves haha.
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    10-23-2011, 06:47 PM
Looking at the progress she is doing great! Increase in condition and she looks ery willing under saddle, reminds me of my mare when I got her. I love the way you are working on getting her to work relaxed and in a rythm and not bothering about her head. In the video you appear to already be getting moments of acceptance towards the bit, keep the contact constant and steady and it will come in time
    10-26-2011, 08:59 PM

Thanks CessBee. I plan on keeping Lady for a long time - so I want to take my time and train her right.

I have ridden her the last couple of days - yesterday I did a fair bit of work in the canter, and she was great! Previously whenever I would canter she would be flat, strung out, rushed and dropping her shoulder in. Yesterday she popped into the canter, and was light and felt balanced! Still had the odd moment of trying to drop her shoulder in, but she was easier to correct, and when I asked for a trot, she came back calmly!

I think I am winning here! I can't wait to get some more photos/videos - maybe this weekend if the weather is nice!

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