JustDressageIt - Your boy is lovely! He looks much happier in his new career, IMO.
I would not say that I'm a rock solid rider. I can
get messed up, but when there's nothing weird going on, I have independent use of all my aids, and very good balance (as I said, I've been riding for 7 years, and I've only fallen twice, and that even includes riding out more than my fair share of bucking fits.) Right now I'm helping to get a green horse back into shape, and her bad down transitions completely throw me out of position - and me being out of position makes her bad down transitions worse. But hey, at least I know what I'm doing wrong, and tomorrow I'm taking a no-stirrups, no-reins lunge line lesson (on a more experienced horse) to help with my position, and (hopefully!) fix those down transitions.
Hopefully, posting this video will work. We'll see. It's a video of what I consider to be my absolute worst
riding day ever. During this dressage test, I would say I had 0% control over the horse - but that must not be entirely true, since we did manage to get through the whole test fairly accurately, if not elegantly. I know I am doing some things in this video that are SO wrong, and I PROMISE
I don't usually do them!!! (Example: All that jerking at 0:20!!!!) I don't usually try to fix a horse with my hands, but lack of control caused self-preservation to kick in, which makes it very hard for one's brain to convince their body to push
a horse that is not listening, even though I know that's what I should be doing.
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I just want to make sure that I am at all qualified before I jump into this. I have seen a lot of people who have no business retraining an OTTB, and I don't want to be one of them. If ANYONE thinks I should wait, please tell me, because I will!