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post #11 of 28 Old 03-05-2012, 07:07 AM
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Nice horse with big trot.

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post #12 of 28 Old 03-05-2012, 07:59 AM
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You look great Caroline! The only thing I would pick at you for is looking down at your horse. I like how steady your leg is, well done especially since he looks like a real workout!

Love Zulu, such a big, handsome fellow! He looks like a big teddy bear that I'd love to hug & love on :)

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You two go so well together! I love his big trot, and his canter looks amazing though seems a bit challenging to sit. You rode him very nicely. :) I wish I could look and feel as stable as you on such a big rocking boat as Zulu. ;)

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post #14 of 28 Old 03-05-2012, 01:27 PM
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You are a FANTASTIC rider! This is truly what they mean that weight means nothing when it comes to being graceful on a horse. I know most of us feel/realize it's a little easier without the weight, but with a little work, even a plus size rider can look just as good on a horse as a 5'9" 120 pound equitation rider! And I have to say, you look absolutely tiny on him! The joys of big horses!

He looks like such a sweetheart to ride, keep up the good work!
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post #15 of 28 Old 03-05-2012, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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That totally made my day, MM, thank you soooo much. I am so happy!


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post #16 of 28 Old 03-05-2012, 03:18 PM
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Beautiful ride! You carry your body very well, evenly dispersed and pliable. I love that you urge him into what you want and just back off and let him do his thing. So many riders fidget and mess with their horses even when the horse is doing the right thing, but you don't!

Thanks for sharing, and don't come looking over here if Zulu dissapears. What breed is he?

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I think you two look great together & both seem very calm-you made it look easy to keep the big guy going-kudos for a job well done!
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post #18 of 28 Old 03-05-2012, 04:28 PM
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Not bad. He looks like a lot of horse. I wish you had lighter pants on so I could really see your seat but I thought you guys were cute and did well.

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Zulu is technically and "Irish Sport horse". But, he has more draft in him than is typical. His Sire is an Irish Draught /draft and the mom a draft/Selle Francais. So , he's somthing like 2/3 draft and 1/3 thorroughbred type.

You couldnt' tell, but I was fidgeting too much with him trying to keep him from falling into the circle. The video doesn't show it accept in a couple of places where I really exxagerated and did a strong indirect rein. I have a lot of work to do on making my hands better. My teacher says I pull too much, rather than just closing my hand, so this is something I want to work on. I would also like to try riding with spurs to see if that will help get Z to not fall intot he circle.
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post #20 of 28 Old 03-07-2012, 11:21 PM
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Tiny, I'm so happy for you, this ride inspired me for my friday lesson on Ollie! You guys make such a great pair, he looks like so much fun! Your a great rider, not easy riding those big boys! I had a 17.2h tb for awhile....it was alot of work to put him all together!

I hope I can come watch you ride in person sometime soon! Keep up the good work! With the warmer weather and it staying lighter longer you have much time to practice practice! Do you think you would ever do a dressage schooling show at lwsc? If so let me know I'd love to come watch if I'm not already there!
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