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        02-11-2014, 10:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Unhappy Lesson Date mix UP

    Ugh so frustrated....I had requested a day off after my normal day off in advance when I learned about our haul I find out from a call that indeed the date was a mix up and instead of the lessons (over night stay) being on the 19th/20th its the 20th/21st.....THURS/FRI not WED/THURS....

    Now I am scrambling to find a sub for my ONE class on Friday afternoon....UGH Stressed all over again
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        02-18-2014, 05:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Thumbs up Weather VS Work......Poor Ollie

    SO its been so crazy, beyond busy with work!

    I haven't had time in two weeks to ride poor Ollie.....not since before his adjustment!! Both the Weather, Ice/Snow/Rain has made it too dangerous to go out in the arena.

    So this is both frustrating and not so bad at the same time. I choose to look at it in the way of; even though I have not been able to ride before y two day clinic this week he's had no bad riding.....this way when we go to our lessons we can start off right, see what problems we on them and two trainer eyes coming back yet again from time off is better then none.....covered inclosed arena is also very nice to keep in mind...

    So there is no use in wasting emotion on this!!

    I will be going and spending all day with him tomorrow, finishing up his clip job, pulling that mane of his, washing legs, face and tail...oh boy that tail will be fun....and doing a very light ride on him and possible a longer hand walk to get him moving...should the arena still be under water.

    I am looking forward to these lessons, Video/pictures and Ollie loves both trainers so much that coming back to work should be very fun and exciting!
        02-21-2014, 06:52 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking O-M-G What an AMAZING Clinic!

    This girl right here could not be any happier! The last two days of riding have been spectacular! Fantastic! Beautiful! Rich in progress and learning!!

    Yesterday we established our big trot- working trot. The trot that will get us 7 and 8's in the show arena. Forward. Pushing through. Even contact through both reins. My body was correct and really helped him stay correct. Each circle improved and we got more and more steps of this amazing troot put together and when I had to "fix" it all I needed was a half halt and inside leg and relax to move forward again all in one to two strides and we where back to this amazing floating trot where his back was up and I could feel the swing and our rhythm was amazing! I could get lost in that trot but had to remember to ride every stride yet also let me carry himself when we both where so in sync with each other!

    We also got A LOT of walk done in the first day. Really focused that first day on filling I the contact space with drive, stepping him into it and filling it out with his neck, getting him seeking the contact, holding it and pushing through! All I can say is WOW.

    We had a lot of head shaking.....maybe not so MUCH but that is because he was learning what doors where open and closed and when I closed one he tried to open another until he found that we have really one door....forward. Contact. Pushing. Using that hind leg to step through and use his back in a new way.

    Simply put I am on cloud 9.
    I am also back at work so I can not post photos yet, not until tonight But I can't wait!
        02-23-2014, 11:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking Videos and pictures from our Clinic :)

    I will attach the link to the thread I did about our lesson as well as the critique thread :)

    Here are the photos and the videos

    Note the second video we had a helicopter fly over the arena..

    Video 1:
    Trotting Left 2/21/14 Beth Lesson - YouTube

    Video 2: Walk/Trot Left 2/21/14 Beth Lesson - YouTube

    Note that going left is our hard way right now :)
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        02-27-2014, 10:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Going to ride in the morning...lunging first... I really want to canter. I have to get my body correct before canter. Think canter and just canter and ride the canter, push in the canter let my arms move with him and half halt every other stride with my outside rein and supporting through my inside calf and thigh while keeping weight in my inside.... and my chest open and looking around my circle and as soon as it feel tense TROT....BAM trot and push into trot and trot with'm tired just from thinking things over and over through my head
        02-27-2014, 11:37 PM
    I don't ride dressage, just look through the threads as I like to practice it. But I did notice you ride in a chair seat, which looks to be due to the fact that the saddle you are riding in looks way off balanced. It is pommel high, either from being too narrow or wrong tree shape.

    ETA Look at your two first photos posted above, they illustrate both points quite clearly.
        02-28-2014, 09:36 PM
    Green Broke
    My saddle fits and rides just fine..... its been looked at by others
    Its all me not my saddle
        03-01-2014, 12:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Talking Feel much better, whoo spring is here

    So spring is here, had a beautiful sunny day yesterday- sadly I was stuck at work most of the day but was able to sleep in and woke up with no super sore through, I could talk better and my neck felt better too! Great day.

    I opted to sleep in due to the fact I was feeling better.

    I am so over being sick every day then feeling better for 2-3 days and getting super sick again...since before my birthday in Nov.

    Oliver got to hangout in the sun all day while I worked on helping my body and working. Today is MUCH colder and greyer but I am hoping it will stay dry for me to ride this evening when I get off of work!

    LUNGE LUNGE LUNGE......then ride.

    dressage, first level

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