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    12-02-2013, 07:17 PM
Things have been going really well. I changed his bit from a full-cheek snaffle to a D-ring french link upon advice from my BO, and its made a difference with Barnabus. He's not chomping and fighting the bit (not that he ever did much), and its a bit easier to ask him to get on his rear. Our big accomplishment recently is that we jumped 2'6"! Of course, my BO told me the height after we did the course. She knows that I've no depth perception since I don't wear my glasses when I ride, and took advantage of that to introduce the new height to me. Stinker! Plus side is that Barnabus cleared the jump easily when I didn't let him get strung out on the approach. Minus is that he knocked a rail when I let him get strung out. Something for me to work on for sure!

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    12-02-2013, 11:05 PM
That's awesome! I definitely prefer the french link. Horses with a lower palate like it more too since it won't dig into the top of their mouth. Sounds like he really likes it! I'd love to see some pictures of you riding!
    12-16-2013, 01:55 PM
I'm definitely aiming to get some pictures and video soon. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate after Christmas! Our last couple of lessons have been all about contact and balancing the canter. I keep thinking I'm pulling or taking too much with the reins, and my instructor's been yelling at me about that. So on Wednesday, she had me start off in a walk in half of the arena. She had me take up more and more rein (and contact) until I had what she felt was right. Then I was to ask for the canter. Boy, I never realized what a difference that would make! Barnabus turned from lazy sod into "go, go go!" just from me taking up a more positive contact with the reins! Not only that, but our upward transition was ever so much better - it was a real transition and not just running into the canter. Friday's lesson had a lot of work cantering over ground poles to work on stride length and balance. That was fun! We got the shorter stride set of poles easily, but the longer stride set... not so much. :) Something more for us to work on. :)
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    01-11-2014, 11:12 PM
Well, I haven't been able to do as much riding as I would like. In fact, I've not been able to ride at all for the last week. Either frozen ground or foul weather has mucked up my plans. However I did at least get out to the barn today and spend some time with Barnabus. He was being a total goof! Here are a couple of pics. Enjoy!
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