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    06-09-2011, 04:07 PM
Yes, be patient! The beginning can sometimes be the longest, most difficult part. Rushing can make your horse sore and/or bored, so take your time and enjoy the journey. :)
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    06-09-2011, 05:55 PM
Well without a trainer, and not having these issues with horses in the past, I just didnt have confidence in my techninques I guess. I just kept second guessing myself that maybe I wasnt using the right technique for the problem so id change it :) I just need to trust myself haha
    06-09-2011, 06:03 PM
Just going off the video I see a horse that has a lot of natural impulsion and suspension that has no idea how to collect and channel it. This horse is naturally long and like all long horses gets strung out easily. This is not a horse that is going to be able to frame herself on a loose rein in anything more than a half-decent long and low. She needs help from her rider. Even in the jumping videos I see a rider with very little contact, busy, loose fingered hands and a tendency to throw away the horse's face. This is never going to get her where you want no matter how many figures you do with her because it has to come from the rider. You need to learn to create the bridge from hind end through the back to the bit and then back so that you have a circle of energy instead of it all flowing out her face. You need to learn to half-halt with not only your seat and legs but with your whole body and learn to maintain a steady, giving contact on her face. Here are two pictures to kind of illustrate what you're striving for when you're riding. The horses range from schoolmaster type to greenie, I'm sure you can tell which is which lol. Look at the way the rider is using their whole body to start to get the horse to come up into the contact instead of expecting the horse to just do it by itself while it's falling on it's face from lack of contact. You don't want to be holding your horse up by it's face but you want to have a steady giving feel and each horse has a different preference for how much contact is what they need.
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    06-09-2011, 10:12 PM
Originally Posted by FSHjumper    
as far as lessons, I would LOVE to but don't know of any GOOD dressage trainers, within a decent price range, in my area. Or else I would :(
I'm quite unfamiliar with VA (if you'd be in MD I'd give some recommendations ), but may be asking on forum(s) would make the trick? I didn't know about my current trainer till I was told on different horse forum (when I was looking for the trainer). So who knows, may be there is a gem in your area too!
    06-09-2011, 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by FSHjumper    
well without a trainer, and not having these issues with horses in the past, I just didnt have confidence in my techninques I guess. I just kept second guessing myself that maybe I wasnt using the right technique for the problem so id change it :) I just need to trust myself haha
You may want to take pics and videos of yourself and post here (say, in English section or Critique), so some folks with expertise in dressage could point out what's wrong and how to work on fixing it.
    06-10-2011, 04:54 PM
The problem is getting someone to video me lol. Maybe I can set one up in the corner of the ring while I ride lol. I know of a dressage trainer, actually rode in the WEG last year, but he doesnt teach just trains horses and competes. A friend knows him and he said hed take on a select few students POSSIBLY so I just need to get that friend to ask him and introduce me :) If not I can go look at his pretty Friesians atleast lol
    06-10-2011, 06:10 PM
Just ask him. Be honest and say how much you want to learn. I mean, worst case scenario you just get "no" in response. In any case good luck!

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