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post #31 of 60 Old 04-14-2012, 05:44 PM
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Sounds like you are doing very well at the new barn-can you tell us anymore about Skippy? Are there any shows coming up?
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post #32 of 60 Old 04-14-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sure!

I am not sure about his breed, age, etc but I hope to find that out the next time I go to my barn. Not sure about height but I think he's about 15 hh. He's chestnut with a blaze and I think a snip.

Skippy is girth sour and can be a bit pushy when being lead. I plan to start working on this with him.

He needs more outside rein than I'm used to.

Skippy has good gaits and a good jump and responds beautifully once you get used to him and everything.


I think there is a show coming up soon, but I'm not sure exactly when...good question. I'll ask my instructor the next time I go for a lesson.
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post #33 of 60 Old 04-21-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Skippy was a bit fresh today, and acted like the back door was a fire-breathing dragon. He was a little hard to handle but not too bad. We worked on trotting jump lines.

There is no lesson next week because my instructor is getting married but the week after that my LEASE STARTS!

Still no pictures...sorry, I'll try my best to take them the next time I go! And maybe some videos too, but no promises!
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post #34 of 60 Old 05-02-2012, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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So, my FIRST LEASE DAY!

I had the indoor to myself. I warmed him up and then I started on trotting. Posting trot, sitting trot, I even tried to get some extended trot out of him (didn't work so well...any advice is appreciated). I also worked on getting him on the bit, which went pretty well.

After a bit of that, I cantered him. I worked on getting him on the bit and slowing down. I also worked on my own posture and staying with him.

More sitting trot and posting trot, tried some no stirrup work.

More cantering.

Posting trot while doing a lot of circles and serpentines.

I cooled him down and then untacked him.

That's the basics, I might've forgotten something or mixed up the order, but yeah :).

I really like him and I'm looking forward to Saturday!







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post #35 of 60 Old 05-11-2012, 10:34 AM
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So, my FIRST LEASE DAY!

I had the indoor to myself. I warmed him up and then I started on trotting. Posting trot, sitting trot, I even tried to get some extended trot out of him (didn't work so well...any advice is appreciated).

Hmmmmm... well we haven't gotten that far yet. But what we started to do worked really well.

The main goal is to control the length of stride without changing speed as much.

I'd usually ask in a rising trot, and when I wanted him to get smaller strides but with the same thrust, I would post shallower. When I wanted him to reach out and get bigger, I would kind of exaggerate the post bigger without throwing his balance off and then add some leg as I was rising up so he would reach forwards.

If you want a better explanation, you should probably ask in the Dressage section :) Then kayty and anebel and others who have experience with it will be much more helpful!

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post #36 of 60 Old 05-11-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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The main goal is to control the length of stride without changing speed as much.

I'd usually ask in a rising trot, and when I wanted him to get smaller strides but with the same thrust, I would post shallower. When I wanted him to reach out and get bigger, I would kind of exaggerate the post bigger without throwing his balance off and then add some leg as I was rising up so he would reach forwards.

If you want a better explanation, you should probably ask in the Dressage section :) Then kayty and anebel and others who have experience with it will be much more helpful!
Thanks, Sky! That does help :). I'm going to try it tomorrow and if I still have trouble I'll ask in the Dressage section, like you said.
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post #37 of 60 Old 05-13-2012, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Double post but I had my lesson yesterday :).

Horse: Skippy
Arena: The field and the outdoor

We started out in the field. My instructor had us do a lot of two-point, no-stirrup work, and standing straight up in our stirrups. I thought my legs were going to fall off.

Then we went to the arena for jumping. We trotted a cross-rail and then had to canter to a vertical while counting strides. It was about 7-8 strides away in a vertical line. Skippy is a little bit lazy so I had some trouble getting him at a good pace for the first jump and then having him canter the second one, but we eventually got it.

Next week we're supposed to move on to three jumps!
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post #38 of 60 Old 05-24-2012, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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For my last lesson, we did jump three jumps! *Throws confetti* But I'm talking about yesterday now :).

Arena: Outdoor and field.

I worked on getting him on the bit and collected. I also worked on fully sitting his canter and my sitting trot with and without stirrups (which is going to need a lot more work, lol). I jumped once but the rest of the time was flat work.

I also worked on getting him to go where I want him to go when we're cantering...he has a tendency to wander.

It was an awesome ride and I had a lot of fun! It was sunny and warm with a cool breeze. And Skippy was awesome, as always.
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post #39 of 60 Old 05-26-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Went to the barn (my mom came to watch me ride today) and there was no lessons but I was allowed to ride, since I lease.

I worked on flat work with him again. Same thing as last time- worked on getting him on the bit and collected. Skippy was amazing and did it pretty much the whole ride. My sitting trot is getting a lot better, as is my no stirrup work. The canter is coming along nicely as well but is not making as much progress as the sitting trot. Tried to get an extended trot out of him but failed. Maybe next time.

Also, had my fifth fall! That means I'm half way to becoming a real rider!

Okay, so I was out in the field. I was posting the trot with no stirrups and decided to go out farther in the field than I usually do. Birds nest close to there and don't like the horses around...so of course one flies out in front of Skippy. He more or less jumped to the side and before I could blink I was on the ground. The grass/ground was soft and I was fine. Skippy stood there and waited for me like a good horse. I walked back to the outdoor arena, got back on, and practiced more no stirrup work and canter work to make sure I wouldn't be nervous about doing that the next time I ride. Skippy was so cute, you could tell he was watching out for me and didn't want me to fly off him again lol.

I'm actually kind of relieved because I knew I was due for a fall soon.

So in conclusion, my cockiness was quickly nipped in the bud today and Skippy is the most awesome horse ever.
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post #40 of 60 Old 05-27-2012, 07:31 PM
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Skippy was so cute, you could tell he was watching out for me and didn't want me to fly off him again lol.
I love horses like that! It's like they're thinking, "Okay, person. You stay on me now. No more of that silly throwing yourself to the ground."
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