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        06-27-2011, 07:21 PM
      #11
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    A school horse is a good idea, I think.
    As for the hands, all of those things take time to become ingrained habits. No one I know got it overnight. Here's something to help:

    Think of your hands as kind of holding the bit ring itself. To do so, they would have to be vertically aligned. AND thing of your thumb as being the "roof" on top of your closed and bent fingers. AND the roof POINTS directly toward the horse's bit, like laser sights out of your thumb toward it.

    Get it, and KEEP it , as long as you can. Then REget it and so on . . . ..
         
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        06-28-2011, 01:48 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    a school horse is a good idea, I think.
    As for the hands, all of those things take time to become ingrained habits. No one I know got it overnight. Here's something to help:

    Think of your hands as kind of holding the bit ring itself. To do so, they would have to be vertically aligned. AND thing of your thumb as being the "roof" on top of your closed and bent fingers. AND the roof POINTS directly toward the horse's bit, like laser sights out of your thumb toward it.

    Get it, and KEEP it , as long as you can. Then REget it and so on . . . ..

    Thank you :)

    I will use the lesson horse as much as I can since she has camp all summer long most horses will be used so I will have to take Gidget. It's hard when you are learning at the same time your horse is and the fact that Gidget can be very rude at times.


    Today was a great day. I spent the day with my family and rode Gidget and I practiced my half seat and worked on my hands. I have a feeling my hands are going to be my worse enemy for awhile as I have created habits ...good ol' habits. I practiced in the mirror today to see what my trainer sees and what she wants me to do..I'll admitt that I end up looking like a chicken trying to run away from a dog gone mad I have faith that I will get better. This is defiently something I want to learn. I want to work together and not fight with my horse. I also worked on driving her to a "marching" walk today as I usually let her walk at her own pace.

    My mom handed me a book tonight called "Centered Riding". I'm going to read it and see if it will help me.
         
        07-18-2011, 10:02 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I now have my horse at the stable where I work. She is only there for 3 days so I can do some jumping lessons on her.
    Our first lesson was dressage. We were working on the sitting trot and posting trot.I really need to work on arms.I don't know why it's so hard for me but I think or atleast hope I am getting better. Posting is easy for me but I need to make sure I keep driving my horse forward since she isn't the most ambitious and to work on hands and keeping my elbows bent.
    Jumping lesson..NOW THAT WAS INTERESTING. I was in half seat and we were trotting around on the rail.I thought we did fairly well. When it came to the jump I stopped driving Gidget and just kinda went for the ride. I don't know why I stopped.We were trotting and I thought we were going to stop at the jump and I didn't want to stop all of the sudden and fly forward. We ended up jumping and it was at an angle I believe.It defiently wasn't straight. I fly up and on her neck and held on and landed on my feet infront of EVERYONE. I just started laughing.It was one of those moments that you become embarassed and you just start laughing over your mistakes. I did it again...I went in the air and landed down in the saddle....someone help me?...I'm not the best...especially today! I focus on a million things at once and I need to stop and focus on us....maybe we would have done better. Sooo anyways,no more jumping for Gidget and I. My trainer said it would be best to not jump her untill she was trained on how to properly jump and it would be best if I learned how to jump on a lesson horse..I agree. It was somewhat frusterating since I was hoping Gidget would behave better.

    Another day.
         
        07-19-2011, 01:19 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Gidget and I are in a thin part of our training. Today we have a lesson. I hope that it will be better than yesterday's lesson. We shall see and I will update to let everyone know how it went.

    I've been reading a book called "Centered Riding". It shows many illustrations which has really helped. I read some it last night and realized that my left side of my brain is in over drive compared to my right side of my brain.While learning how to ride the proper way I need to use my right side of my brain. I need do breathing exercises and use my "soft eyes" rather than my "hard eyes" and be tense. I will try this while at my lesson and see if it helps us both.
         
        07-20-2011, 12:49 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Okay,so today wasn't the best. I ended up being late to the first lesson because we had to wait at the gas station for 20 minutes while the employee took his time stuffing his face instead of helping customers.

    I cleaned Gidget's stall and turnout and then decided to go on a hack and explore while campers went in to eat their lunch. It was nice to have just us exploring and we hopped over some logs.Gidget's nerves were up. She was very alert and she did spook over some things but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. After about 10 minutes I put her back in her stall and went and cleaned the pastures.
    In the afternoon we all tacked up again and headed to the outdoor arena to warm up. We had a course set up to see if we were already to go canter/gallop in the open field. Gidget was hard in the arena. It took a lot for me to get her to move out and I turned her in too sharp of a turn. Within just 4 minutes I was sweating. We then went on a hack again and Gidget and I lead the way to the field. We had groups and we were sent off at a trot..Gidget did well! She had her ears up and listened to me without being a brat. We then sat and watched the campers trot.Everyone was having so much fun :) I loved it. We were all sent off to trot and I warned everyone that Gidget likes to race other horses and of course she started to and that was hard to get her to settle down as she was excited. I asked my trainer if Gidget and I could go canter in the pasture.My friend came with me and we cantered..Gidget wanted to keep going and I did too but I couldn't canter towards the group with everyone on horses. Our trainer said we did great at our teamwork.I asked her how my position was and she said I had it down! I was so HAPPY to hear that. I felt that today was a bit of a break through.I felt confident as my horse listened to me(atleast for the most part). I can't wait for tomorrow. I hope for it to be even better.
         

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