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        11-04-2012, 06:24 PM
      #81
    Yearling
    November 4, 2012

    Indie had a bit more go in her today! Much to my excitement.. maybe I've just had my saddle a tad far forward the last few rides.

    I got a couple videos..



    Definitely going to be working on getting her hind legs up under her after watching these videos.
         
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        11-06-2012, 10:04 PM
      #82
    Yearling
    November 6, 2012

    We had a group lesson tonight.. and oh my gosh, it was freezing! My toes/fingers and even face was going numb. Time to break out the winter riding gear!

    Emma and I have also come to the conclusion that Romeo and Indie are in love. It was so funny, I had her in her cooler while we were walking around the ring to start.. and we stopped in the center while Emma had Romeo off to the side.. and he stared right at her for a good few minutes. He'd shuffle around but he always kept his eyes on her. He went to sniff the ground and still kept staring! Of course, she faced the other way and still pins her ears at him. Rejection! Not a realistic theory, but it sure seemed the case!

    Tonight we worked on collection and extension, mainly at the trot. It was Indie's first real transition within the gait work, and it went pretty well! Her extended trot was a bit slow at first until Laura yelled out, "Hayley! That horse's legs are a mile long, you should be lapping everyone!" So, off we went.. Indie stretched right out and we were on a roll around the ring!

    Collection.. not her strong point but that will come with time, I think. Our goals at the canter was just get the correct lead, and on her right lead, get a good bend. We also tried the collection and extension, now of course, extension came naturally although we still need her bending at the canter. Collection.. I knew that'd be our harder goal, but she actually didn't do half bad. I think I'll keep a little more leg on next time, just to keep the momentum and keep her at the canter.

    After a nice ride, we headed back up to the barn and I got her all groomed up, and rubbed down her legs. I didn't hose them down because it was freezing. I also left her inside because she was a little sweaty and yes, I know it's not a valid excuse, but I didn't want her to be cold.

    We're also adding beet pulp to get more weight on her, simply because my instructor doesn't just want to overload her with grain for multiple reasons. Coughinsaneamountsofenergycough

    Anyways, I have a lesson again tomorrow, yay!
         
        11-06-2012, 11:50 PM
      #83
    Foal
    I'm loving this thread. I'm just now working with buying my first horse. I've been leasing for 3 years and am working towards buying a horse from the daughter of the woman I took lessons from and leased from. We've already had some setbacks, but I'm hopeful that things will work out. I think I might start a thread about my journey too because this is my first horse, and she's definitely a project. I've never ridden a horse that wasn't a lesson horse, and with some help from the woman who birthed her, youtube, this website, and some books, we've already made huge improvement. I'm glad you've kept up with this so far, because I'm loving it!
         
        11-07-2012, 06:44 AM
      #84
    Yearling
    I really recommend starting a little journal to everyone, I've loved looking back. Every time we have a slightly difficult/frustrating moment (which are actually quite rare at the moment), I just remember our first couple rides.

    I was also pretty used to the lesson horses for a good number of years, up until my instructor wanted me to start leasing her four year so that we could do jumping.. as the mare I was leasing was in her twenties and wasn't really in her prime anymore. I ended up doing a lot of training with him, and in his first show season, he managed to place top three in classes of fifteen horses. Although, he and Indie are complete opposites in terms of movement, build, personality. They were both affectionate, but Major loved everyone whereas Indie is just bonded to me since I'm the only person who ever really does anything with her.
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        11-07-2012, 11:55 AM
      #85
    Trained
    You have an exceptional horse, you know that? Why am I saying this?
    Well, I just watched both videos and the one from the first test ride.
    Any horse e
    I've ever known would have thrown me with a quickness if I would have been constantly in her flanks with my legs. Your lower leg is constantly two handwidths behind the girth. You clamp with your knees and are therefore unstable in your seat.
    The canter video....the inside leg needs to be AT the girth, engaging the forward. , the outside leg one handwidth BEHIND the girth keeping the bend.
    I don't understand why nobody is correcting this, seriously.
    Without a correct seat you cannot ride correctly. Period.
    *end rant*
    I seriously hope you will try what I suggested in the other thread.

    Oh, you did MUCH MUCH MUCH better in the test ride video. Go watch and compare. Don't watch the horse, watch yourself!!!

    No offense meant, but you know that
         
        11-07-2012, 03:35 PM
      #86
    Yearling
    Okay, I'll try and remember that.. and I think the saddle might've helped too, as I believe it was a dressage saddle. (I rode her in two different saddles both times, one was a dressage saddle) Maybe once I have the stirrups lowered, it'll help. Hopefully. I'll try some no stirrup work too.
         
        11-07-2012, 04:41 PM
      #87
    Trained
    Don't be sad........it'll get better
    Doesn't your instructor say anything about that? Or are you paying more attention to your seat in lesson? I know, I did, but my instructor was of the old kind...we were all scared to death of him
    And I promise you, if you trot and canter for half an hour, you WILL find the right spot and lengthen and straighten your legs .........I know, I'm mean
         
        11-07-2012, 04:45 PM
      #88
    Yearling
    Yes, she sometimes does.. although for the last bit, we've focused more on Indie. She said that we're going to work more on my equitation now though.

    She definitely has quite a lot of methods though, although she hasn't used too many on me yet. I used to spend lessons keeping my thumbs together back when I used to be really bad about opening them apart all the time. I also have a shoulders back thing that I sometimes wear just to force them back.. although I haven't worn it in awhile.

    I'll try dropping my stirrups two holes and seeing if that helps me grip less with my knee.
         
        11-07-2012, 05:37 PM
      #89
    Trained
    I just saw I left out the most important part on half an hour trot and canter.......without stirrups
    You know, the thing with working with the horse and working on Equitation....it goes hand in hand. You have a correct seat, you can give the correct aids without disturbing her and Voila, all works out all of the sudden. And it will look really pretty, too.
         
        11-07-2012, 09:24 PM
      #90
    Yearling
    I lowered my stirrups two holes, and it helped.. a lot. My inside leg stayed at the girth (aside from when I moved it for doing turns on the haunches/forehands.. etc) and my knee didn't seem to grip! My instructor even said that she had moments of cadence, where she looked more like she was skipping and her neck was straight and not curled. I told my mom later that I credited you for the advice, haha.

    November 7, 2012

    As you can probably tell from that snippet up there, our ride went super well! It's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow so the horses are inside tonight.. hopefully I can get down tomorrow to give her some exercise and work.

    I'm not doing a huge summary of tonight, simply because I have a chemistry test to study for. It was a good ride though, a very good ride!

    OH YES! And she picked up the right lead canter the first try!! My instructor and I were so thrilled. Quiet = results. I hardly bent her and she got right to it. So happy with her! We got two more correct leads and walked a few circles so she could process it.
         

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