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Equuestriaan 05-01-2009 11:42 PM

Dressage with Dakota!
 

On Wednesday we got to do dressage outside!! That was really really fun because Dakota hates the indoor, and the outdoor is huge with lots of room to move. I tried my first leg yield ever but it didn't work, so it's not in the video. The best part of the whole day was that I learned how to do a collected trot! I've never tried extension or collection before so it was like, super awesome for me to be able to do that. (it's at about 2:25 and 2:34).

Critiques appreciated! What do you think of our canter and trot? (most of the walking was just breaks between working at different gaits).

MyBoyPuck 05-03-2009 06:29 PM

Glad to hear you got out of your indoor. I can't stand being inside either. What I noticed the most was that your horse braces against the bit and does not give to it to the point where she in connected over his back. I would suggest riding about a zillion walk-trot transitions until you feel him start to push herself into the trot from behind. You'll know he's doing it correctly when he doesn't throw his head up at the initial trot transition and just moves smoothly up into your hands. Also, your reins will misteriously become shorter since his frame will become shorter once he starts using himself more from behind. Pretty horse! You two make a nice pair.

MIEventer 05-03-2009 06:33 PM

Is that saddle personally yours? Or the schools?

Equuestriaan 05-03-2009 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by MIEventer (Post 300693)
Is that saddle personally yours? Or the schools?

It's the schools, and in pretty bad shape. I absolutely hate it. No knee rolls, stiff leather, and it's ripping at the seams. >.>

Equuestriaan 05-03-2009 06:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck (Post 300689)
I would suggest riding about a zillion walk-trot transitions until you feel him start to push herself into the trot from behind. You'll know he's doing it correctly when he doesn't throw his head up at the initial trot transition and just moves smoothly up into your hands. Also, your reins will misteriously become shorter since his frame will become shorter once he starts using himself more from behind.

Good idea! I'll start working on that next wednesday in my lesson. :D


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