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post #51 of 86 Old 09-23-2011, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Today was a really good day for Leroy. I didnt lunge him today before I rode I decided to be a cowgirl and see how it went. He responding very well to my hands and is getting better about moving his shoulders over. Its raining today so I don't think im going to tie him back tonight. We loped around the pen alot today, we worked on straight lines and staying between the reins. Art was impressed, so was I. He started grinding his teeth alot today, I need to get him checked for ulcers, might explain alot of things.

Also he let me clip him without a twitch! He let me almost completely clip his ears. I was very impressed with him.
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post #53 of 86 Old 09-23-2011, 09:32 PM
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I'm showing at regionals (USDF region 2) this weekend and dressage students from your school did a demo yesterday! I thought of you. ;)

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post #54 of 86 Old 09-26-2011, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Do you remember their name?
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Leroy did pretty good today, besides when I asked him to stop at the lope he bulked up. I was a little shocked considering we have never had a problem with going forward before. I was kicking and kicking and kicking, eventually I had to slap him with the reins to get him going. Other than that today went pretty well. We are starting to work on counter bending and moving shoulders more. He is starting to stick his turn arounds.
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post #56 of 86 Old 09-26-2011, 12:45 PM
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Sounds like you're making great progress with him!
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Do you remember their name?
No, it was like a drill team though. I think there were 6-8 horses that they said had all been donated and one of them was named Frederickson and one was like a famous horse that had been to some international dressage competition.

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No, it was like a drill team though. I think there were 6-8 horses that they said had all been donated and one of them was named Frederickson and one was like a famous horse that had been to some international dressage competition.
Huh, I wouldnt know then. I don't know much about what goes on over at the English Farm.
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Leroy was very full of himself today. He was ducking in like crazy and jumping at everything. Art was laughing at me watching me go around the pen. At one point Leroy took off, on the correct lead. So I took advantage of the situation and kicked and kicked and kicked. We were galloping around that arena. My thought was, you wanna run? Ok ill make you run. By the end he was calmed down ever so slightly. He was on fire today, im going back after classes to ride him into the ground.

Steve gave us a demo today about leads and forward motion. He was explaining to us how when people struggle with leads its not a lead problem its a body control problem. Because when you set up your horse correctly, he has to either pick up the lead or fall down. Its impossible for a horse to pick up the wrong lead of they are in the correct position. He was also explaining the importance of forward motion. Without forward motion you have nothing. What alot of people don't understand is the horse must learn to move forward before they can move slow correctly. Sure its painful to be flying around like a TB on your future western pleasure champion. But your teaching your horse to use his hind end and to move forward. When a horse lacks that, is when artificial movement comes in, 4beating, troping, etc. Eventually your horse will be able to slow down and lope correctly. Your not ruining your horse by doing so, your teaching it.

So the teachers encourage us to push our horses into a fast pace at all times. We are not allowed to jog or lope yet, its all about getting their minds set on going somewhere. So even the really choppy short strided ponies are flying around the pen looking like Paso Finos Everyone is still wearing helmets which I think is a good thing. Im the only one who wears an english helmet with a western saddle. Everyone else went out a bought another helmet. Why?! I have a perfectly good certified helmet in my locker. Im not about to go buy another one just so I don't look silly.

Im ordering chaps todayyyyy! I cannot wait, im so excited. Im getting them made for me so they will be perfect. More tomorrow =]
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Leroy did extremely good today. We were working on picking up leads in corners and I was having some issues with our left lead. My teacher explained to me that I was back on the inside rein instead of up. Pulling back is a broke horse move. Pulling up helps him lift his shoulder move and pick up that lead. By the end of the riding session I was riding around with one hand neck reining Super exciting! Alot of people said he looks like a broke horse already. Art is going to help me tonight, there are alot of perks to riding in the evening. Art is usually giving a lesson and he lets me ride in with it. I told him I would be back tonight and he said he is looking forward to it he's so cool.

Friday we have a test on straight lines and lead departures. I donno how well that will go, hopefully itll go alright. I am known for messing up on tests. I have to clip Leroy and trim his mane. Wish me luck! I also ordered chaps last night, I am getting them custom made. Top grain leather, with a leather covered concho in the back with a silver buckle in the front. They are going to be black. Grand total was $558 . Oh well, quality not quantity right?
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