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I just had to share the excitement of getting bridleless flying changes today!

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    07-04-2012, 03:28 PM
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Foal
I just had to share the excitement of getting bridleless flying changes today!

I got bridleless flying changes today!

My horse couldn't even do them in the pasture unless she was at a flat out race horse gallop. She has a locking stifle making it hard for her to really engage her hindquarters. I had to teach them to her on the ground, but still moving into the saddle and getting them was really difficult. We have had them over a 1' jump, but I tested them today over a 6" caveletti while bridleless and she got them!
     
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    07-04-2012, 07:28 PM
  #2
Foal
That's AWESOME!
Question: have you experienced counter-cantering?
My horse NEVER counter canters when I ask for a change with a bridle but bridleless, she has been giving me a counter canter about 50% of the time.
Perhaps I can't get her as collected/support her bridleless? Perhaps my aids are more erratic since I'm focusing more on steering?
Let me know what you think. Here's a vid of us doing it. One of the changes, you'll see, she only changes in front. I didn't mean to put it on the video - I put the wrong clip on and only noticed when it was published! Oh well, this isn't even meant to be the final video.
The changes are at 1:35 (the correct one...I believe. Is it just me or is it kinda hard to see?) and 2:44 (the incorrect one)
Let me know !:)
     
    07-04-2012, 08:21 PM
  #3
Foal
You can try moving her shoulder over when you get that and moving her hq over. It gets her shoulders out of the way so that there is room for the hq to make the change. You said counter cantering, but I'm thinking you mean cross firing. Is that right?

I'll occasionally get the cross fire, online that is all Sass ever did. It wasn't until I moved her shoulders way out of the way that she was able to get the change on her back end. She could be a bit impulsive there in which case doing circles on the same lead until she is relaxed and pushing off the hq could help. I'll watch the last part again and see if she looked impulsive. Oh and also try a small jump or ground pole, that gives them enough air time usually to get it. Just make a pattern of that and get to the ground pole, then do it next to the ground pole so that the thought is in her head to get that air.

PS I'm sorry if your horse is a gelding, I wasn't really paying attention to that until I started writing this! : )
     
    07-04-2012, 08:23 PM
  #4
Foal
Ok yeah he/she looks a tiny bit impulsive and like she is still looking to go the same direction you are going, not the other way.

Oh and you guys look awesome!!!
     
    07-05-2012, 02:11 AM
  #5
Trained
Woohoo Sassa! I'm happy for you.
     
    07-09-2012, 02:02 PM
  #6
Banned
Wooohoo! That's great! :)
     

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