Halflinger from western to dressage. Yes it is me riding.
Here is a video of part of my lesson on this Halflinger.
He is owned by an older gal at my barn that prefers not to ride in the winter. She has allowed my trainer to use him in dressage lessons.
My trainer fell ill about a month or so into working with this horse.
When she returned to work she was only able to give lessons for a while.
Through her wonderful instruction, we have taught this guy so much.
I think I posted a while back about how she finally got on him and complimented that I had done a good job with him since I am really his primary rider.
Anyhow Here is the link. You can here her giving me instruction. A young girl at the barn took the video for me so excuse and funky parts. lol
20100201074829.flv video by Steener_421 - Photobucket
I know I have lots to improve on and I am open to suggestions etc.
I didn't post this in the critique part, but if you want to go ahead. I would love to hear your thoughts.
you look great!
I have no sound on my computer so don't know what was being asked.
There is a long road ahead to improve and solve that improper head position.
What a cutie! I love Haffies :)
Looking good! What a cute pony :D
I think your position is lovely - and you both look great together, what a cutie patootie he is!!
Have you tried working on Long And Low with him? Try opening his front up and allow him to move out under himself, instead of sucking back.
I think you look fabulous after everything you've been through physically!
Oh just to add, I know how hard it is to get Haffies to get a good headset. I used to ride one and evented her one season and it's very difficult!
I'm not a big fan of "working" the horse while posting in general. Anyway also your legs could come back a bit more which would help you to be able to give him help with the idea "forward" he is very backward and heavy on the forhand. As Syder said: "There is a long road ahead to improve and solve that improper head position."
I'd also suggest long and low BUT not long and low lets run the poor horse into the ground. He has to be forward. Transitions help with getting his attention on you and not falling asleep while running into the ground. Make sure you don't let yourself get fooled by him being "round". You can't let him get behind the bit and just keep on riding you have to correct him right away.
AlYes yes and yes...
I had a lesson yesterday and will again today and tomorrow on him.
Yesterday I worked on having my hands lighter and more forward to help to encourage his head into a better position. Along with encouragement of his hind end...ie) riding the back to the front. We also worked on a lot of transitions. Walk to halt trat to walk trot to halt canter to trot...etc.
I watched a vid snippet my trainer got of us and noticed a few more things....such as my leg coming back a bit. So today we will be working on some of that.
We also worked on leg yields in the begining of the lesson.
So practice away we must...lol
Thanks for watching and commenting.
This little horse is actually a pretty cool little guy. One thing his owner taught him was when he was to halt he was to run backwards. Yes I said run backwards. So breaking him of that habbit has been a challenge, but he has gotten so much better.
Yay for progress even when it comes it tiny increments....lol
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