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    06-04-2011, 05:36 PM
Everything is slowly falling into place :D

Fry and I have now had TWO lessons without any refusals. I'm so proud of him!

Last week he was absolutely amazing...I jumped him a 2'6" course including oxars and a one stride combination and he only TRIED to stop once [and a smack with the crop got us over]. We were able to work on my position and I actually stopped shoving my hips in front of my shoulders for once!

Yesterday I rode with the barn owner 'cause my trainer was busy doing...something, and it was awesome. He had me jump a few little courses to get an idea for how I rode him [since I haven't ridden with him in a lesson in over a month] and then we just worked over a single fence, focusing on finding a good stride length and rhythm vs. being all strung out and fighting to find a distance. We also worked on me NOT looking down/having good posture and he forced me to make decisions and not second guess myself, like I tend to do. Every time I'd come up to the jump, he'd just chant, "look and feel, look and feel" and I stopped trying to actively find a distance and just let it...come, y'know? And, crazy enough, we didn't chip or leap ONCE! Frenchie also didn't refuse [I think he likes being outside].

Here are the videos from my lesson:
[I tried to focus on keeping my lower leg back/not sitting so much on my seatbones but...eh. I kinda forgot about it at the end of each course/when I was walking]
He was very wiggly down one of the lines, lol.

Just a few pictures...

My leg isn't AS far forward as it used to be...right?

We got kind of a long distance, haha

I don't know about you...but I think we've improved SOSOSOSO much since our first lesson together

PS - any thoughts on my release? I'm thinking that's going to be my summer project.
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    06-04-2011, 05:51 PM
Great job! He has a great ground covering canter. I wanna ride him! :) A bit of advice though... your a bit heavy with your hands(i don't think your pony like is) and I think that probably contributed to the refusals earlier on. I would say just remember if your going to have that much contact to back it up with more leg.
Is this your horse or one of the farms horses? Is he still a bit green? Are you guys going to show at all?
    06-04-2011, 06:35 PM
Yeah we've been working on getting that correct balance of hand/leg. I'm still a work in progress.
He's actually privately owned, but the barn uses him in lessons [long story]. He's such a nice horse - I love his canter, too! I'm so grateful that I get to ride him [and the other horses at my barn, I love it there].

He's not green but basically...there were issues and he went from being a really nice, competitive jumper to being afraid to walk over a pole. My friend had to basically retrain him [and she did fantastically] but he still has his days, especially if you don't ride him the way he wants, haha.

I would love to show someday, but not this season. For now, I'll just be going out and supporting the rest of my barn :)

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