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    01-17-2014, 11:47 AM
Green Broke
1/17/14 Lesson at New Barn

I prepared a short video. It includes left lead canter, right lead canter, leg yield, shoulder in, a collected trot and a very forward trot in between. You can hear her trying to talk me through the canter. I'm still kind of nervous since my fall in October. She said it will get better the more I do it. I just have to remember to breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.

I wish I would have captured last week's lesson - his trot was sooo forward. He was in front of my leg and actually began to feel a bit like a freight train, so she's teaching me how to use half-halts to keep him from falling apart.

Last night she introduced the haunches out concept. It's probably the most difficult movement I've had to do so far. It always seems to turn into a leg yield along the wall. By then my camera had died so I didn't capture it. It was ugly as sin anyway.

He's such a joy to ride. So forgiving and willing. The RI earned her bronze medal on him.

This was only my 4th lesson on him and I'm very pleased with my progress. Both the horse and RI are just a much better fit for me. My co-workers can't believe that I drive 20 plus miles after a full days work to go riding...but you know what? It's totally worth it!
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    01-17-2014, 12:05 PM
It must be the horse crazyness.. lol I too (long ago) made a chart of all the horses I rode. My favorites, their temperament. It was fun.

I enjoyed reading your journey with the lessons, you're doing great.
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    01-17-2014, 12:30 PM
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Were the horses at the barn Vince was at kept in a lot or all the time even?
I spent one winter riding at a barn in CT so I could have some lessons and keep fit while I was looking for a new horse.
The horses got progressively more and more spooky about stupid stuff and made it really hard to have a worthwhile lesson at all. After one particularly bad session a stable girl dropped it out to me that the mare I always rode only went out of her stable on the two days I rode her (2 hours in total)
    01-17-2014, 12:49 PM
Green Broke
He gets turned out every day for several hours but some weeks I'm the only one who rides him. Other weeks he may get ridden 4 times. He just doesn't get enough focused training time. Plus he's young and mentally immature.
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    01-17-2014, 12:52 PM
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Not a great way to treat a young horse like that is it?
Having your own one is going to be so much better!!
    01-17-2014, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
Agreed. Vince has potential if he gets worked consistently by experienced trainers who can handle him. He's just too much horse for me right now.
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    01-26-2014, 08:40 AM
Green Broke
Ana arrived yesterday. I still can't believe I'm a horse mom. Depending on how we are feeling today, I might rider her bare back around the property. I might just hand-walk her too. She was pretty hot when she got off the trailer yesterday but she seems to be more settled now:

The 30-something's Thread!! *finally*
    02-03-2014, 10:52 AM
Green Broke
1/30/14 Lesson

We had a good lesson today. We focused on achieving correct bend so we did lots of figure eights, shoulder in and we worked some more on haunches out; I actually got him to move a few steps with the correct bend and angles so I was very happy about that.

When we started the lesson he was very stiff and it was difficult to ride a good circle; after we did the shoulder in, she had me repeat the same circle and it was easy peasy - so we used shoulder in to loosen him up - now I get it!

My new RI is really good about drilling new concepts into my head so she'll send me down the long side doing shoulder in to B or E and then do a half-circle and do haunches out coming back, then rinse and repeat on the other side. She even had me come to a stop, drop stirrups, and practice weighting seat bones. All good stuff.

We didn't do any canter work which is fine by me.

I won't get to ride him next week due to the weather but that gives me more time to play in the snow with Ana.
    02-21-2014, 11:36 AM
Green Broke
02/20/14 – Crescent Roll Lesson J

I had a great lesson on Dante tonight! RI introduced two new exercises: travers and renvers. At first she had me do shoulder in – which I’m pretty proficient at and then haunches out – which I’m getting better at. Once she started talking about travers and renvers, I was thoroughly confused so she drew a picture for me in the arena dirt; that’s when I discovered – hey they look like crescent rolls that are pointed in different directions relative to the arena wall! So we practiced crescent rolls J I will need to do some studying/reading before the next lesson as I cannot remember which movement calls for which bend/track.

I’m learning so much from this big beautiful Hanno! He’s pretty dang smart; in between the difficult lateral movements, she had me ride a stretchy circle in the posting trot with long reins. As soon as she said let him have the reins and stretch down, he snatched the reins from me as if he was thinking “hey, she said let me have the reins, amateur!”

We couldn’t do any canter work as one of his legs was kind of swollen and she didn’t want to over-stress him. I told her that I’m completely willing to ride another horse but he did fine at the walk and trot and we spend a long time just warming him up.

Anyway, I look forward to each lesson as I’m learning so much and I can see myself progressing from lesson to lesson. So glad I switched RIs!
    03-07-2014, 11:54 AM
Green Broke
3/6/14 - Canter Work

Had a great lesson on Dante! We worked on quality transitions from walk to trot, trot to walk and walk to canter. I'm finally getting my confidence back and cantered 4 times and it was awesome!

She said I have a lovely seat and that will help me a lot once I start showing. She even suggested entering in a local schooling show next weekend! I was like...uhm....next weekend is too soon. She suggested that I at least go check it out as a spectator. I just might!
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