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post #11 of 13 Old 11-14-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think she has any Arabian in her, honestly I have no idea what breed she is, a mix of some sort too heavy of a build I'd say

unfortunately I don't think i will be able to get a video :( My cell phone is the only thing i have that can take a video but I could try sometime if I can make anything out I will post the video but I can't promise anything

I'm afraid that is the only picture of her that I have right now but I will try to get out to take a few pictures soon.

I would say that she does pronk some, she does hollow her back, it threw me forward and I had to keep fixing my position. Her head was really high, I was sitting up starting to collect the reins and she did bring her head up to smack me in the face. I have to say though asking for her to bring her head down was not what was crossing my mind when asking her to slow down so I will work on that
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post #12 of 13 Old 11-19-2012, 11:31 AM
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Getting horses teeth floated will help with head flinging. Also when she brings her head up to high keep a steady contact with the outside rein, and open your elbows a bit (and widen distance between your hands a bit) to bring your hands a bit lower. Be careful not to "hold" on the reins, especially since she needs floating - holding with the reins might be "hurting" her mouth until she gets floated.

When you ask for the downward transition try asking this way first: exhale while pressing straight down on BOTH stirrups, then - if needed - squeeze and immediately soften fingers on the reins. Horse may halt completely or come down from trot/ canter to walk/trot. Any downward reaction should be praised - scratch her neck and tell her good girl. Once you get a reaction towards what you want (slower, a halt or a downward transition) you can "refine" it more.

Horse gets "carried away at canter" - hence why she starts rushing after cantering. For the moment I would do a LOT of trot work (including LOTS of trot to halt and trot to walk transitions, before ever asking for the canter (as you want to burn off a bit of excess energy before asking for the canter.

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post #13 of 13 Old 12-02-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm sorry it took so long to answer but I have not been able to get out to the barn. They changed my anxiety medications and I was really struggling with side-effects, so I couldn't ride for a couple of weeks.

During that time another girl in my lesson rode Fidget and they worked really well together. He was calm and collected in walk/trot/canter. Anyways my instructor wants them to continue working together. I am actually really pleased about this, I was not really helping with fidget and if someone else can work with her and help calm her then I'm all for that.

I have been switched back to another horse I loved and worked really well with. I am completely relaxed on her, even though she is just as forward as fidget. Dell and I just have that connection and work really well together. I schooled her at a dressage show today I was schooling her in a training test level 1 (not very difficult) and we ended up getting a 62%.

Anyways I just wanted to thank everyone for their advice and suggestions. I appreciated it.
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