I made a big change from Modern dressage to Classical dressage, currently im mostly focusing on my hands and use of my seat, leg aids and use of whip, my position obviously isnt very good and i cant multitask everything all at once yet.
School is finishing soon hopefully i can find a good trainer, who understands my horse cannot be forced into a head set with low hands, i have never had an instructor who taught me the correct way of asking a horse to flex or collect via the bit. It seems that there is not a very broad way of training horses and they have to comply or else they get punished, it didnt work for my horse at all ive tried methods of punishment and the end result is fear and anxiety from the horse. So glad i learnt my lessons although every while and than i can resort to my bad habit of to harsh of hands, i guess time and repetition of good techniques will overcome that.
I am unable to afford lessons, haven't been able to afford lessons for months but i have to say, bad advice is worse than no advice, for the first time in my life i actually feel like im riding a horse properly of the forehand, before i was just working on a frame and hardly ever self carriage or even relaxation.
Lately ive been doing leg yielding at a walk,neck reining, transitions, walk to canter, lose rein at canter with horse stretching a little, trotting with self carriage and trotting with the horse stretching through the back. Also doing a bit of a shoulder in for the benefits of suppling the horse, i think Red finds the shoulder in much easier than the legyield since he can only do a proper legyield for about 3 strides but a good start nonetheless.
Red can lean onto the bit to much, although i hear thats common when a horse is learning about contact, in which i have to resist and ask him to carry himself.
Reds been salivating a good ammount but he can open his mouth to much, i still think my hands need to be much softer all the time, at one point i was riding just with my pinkie finger and not sure if i should go back to that.
I find tips for getting the horse supple helpful and exercises to do.
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