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    02-25-2013, 07:20 PM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
Here is a pic
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Luca trotting bareback. Is it a hollow outline? I don't really think so but I'm not sure. What do you guys think? (and yes, I did make my own bareback pad just to be softer on Luca's back)

Pretty hollow, but may be better than he was. Pretty tight in the neck and stiff throughout.
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    02-25-2013, 09:58 PM
The problem is, even when I relax the reins, he is still stiff, even when I out no pressure on the bit at all....but I'll keep trying..
    02-25-2013, 10:01 PM
It's not about holding no contact. Teach him to accept the contact by softening him while supporting him with your leg to move him forward. Start at the walk with bend, lateral movement, circles and suppling. You can work him on the ground as well with stretching and flexing exercises. Then teach him to take the trot cue from your seat. It takes a lot of slow work and practice but it will be worth it.
    02-26-2013, 03:54 PM
Here we go so far....I did some circle work and then went out for a little hack to practise trotting in a straight line, and here we are:

That's the best I could manage so far..

And here's a cantering one just because Luca looks so cute

And here are some news: I FINALLY GOT A SADDLE!!! Yay I've tried it out a little (Luca isn't broke to the saddle but he totally handled it he almost fell asleep when I adjusted it. He has a much rounder outline while walking with the saddle, but I haven't tried trotting yet, simply because he still needs to get used to the saddle. But yeah, I think his outline will improve with the saddle. (fingers crossed ) So...what do you think about his outline in the first pic, Palogal? hope it's a tiny bit better....

Oh my goodness, I just noticed how many smiley faces I used :O
    02-26-2013, 07:29 PM
Those look better! Good job!
    02-26-2013, 08:09 PM
Thank you
Now that I'm concentrating more on relaxation, he seems much more cooperative! There's still room for improvement left of course! Still gotta get a rounder outline!
    02-26-2013, 09:19 PM
Work on loosening him up and toning his long muscles in his hips, back, stomach etc to carry himself in an open natural frame. Most dressage people use the phrase "long and low".
    02-27-2013, 04:52 PM
Okay, I've got another session with him today, yesterday was his rest day :) I'll hopefully get my sis to get some pics.
    02-28-2013, 04:32 PM
Luca's first time under the saddle!!

Here is a photo bomb with Luca's first saddle lesson. Got some trotting pics too!

Trotting pic from the front (I think he looks a bit better here!)

Trotting pic for the side...little improvement...

Side-front-ish, better outline

Hello, there!

Luca being weird....don't worry, the bit DOES fit, Luca just makes funny faces!

The beauty!!

My sis trotting a bit so I could get some decent pics.

So...any improvement? I think he did great considering that this was the first time he ever had a saddle on him! But still...what do you think?
    02-28-2013, 05:01 PM
He looks better. Keep at it

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