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post #41 of 42 Old 09-10-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. Hey, sorry, I won't have a video for another couple of days...silly work and paying for gas!

When I rode before, I used to do the loose hunter rein type style. Rusty was really good with that - we got 2nd in Non-Thoroughbred hunters! But I do want to take up contact, especially when we start finessing stuff. Actually, my dream is to do eventing, and I'd like to work on the real basic stuff with Rusty - like taking up contact. When I take up contact and just have a light feel on his mouth, though, Rusty pulls. He puts his head down and pulls. My response is to squeeze with my legs to keep him going forward, and while that helps a bit, he immediately goes back to pulling. It's obnoxious.

Basically, I think I need to get a video on here ASAP of me just riding him on the flat. Then you'll understand some. Maybe tomorrow I can. I know that's what will help you guys the most.

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post #42 of 42 Old 09-12-2012, 09:08 AM
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I know it may not be what you want to do, but maybe you could practice practice practice going around in two point, in walk, trot, and canter, till you can hold it perfectly. With a straight back and solid lower leg. Then start going over tiny cross rails in just a light seat, working on holding that perfect position. In a light seat over a less than 2' rail, you don't have to move your upper body. Just give that release. This will give you a chance to work on that lower leg and straight back!
Also it seems your feet and really forward in the stirrups...this is something I do at the canter, my lower leg goes...loose? I think because I'm concentrating so much on my seat, my weight is not in my heel, aaaand slip! People on here have given me advice and I am working on it...

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