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post #1 of 3 Old 08-11-2016, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Getting back to project horse after 4 year break


I am looking for some feedback on my progress with my horse. I have posted on the horse forum in the past, and got some very helpful responses (I had to make a new account since I could log in my old one).

To give a brief history/update, the people who owned Lucy before me, wanted a horse that was "super cool and pranced everywhere." Long story short, I was encouraged to buy her, but did not really have the level of riding I needed to work with her. After moving barns, and trying to find a reliable trainer, I was able to make significant progress. Lucy could walk without prancing/jigging! However, that was really as far as I was able to get before I had to quite riding because of school.

So, for the last 4 1/2 years Lucy has been living the life of luxury as a 24/7 pasture puff with all her buddies. I brought her out of retirement at the beginning of June, we put in 2 weeks of groundwork before I got on. So, she has been ridden consistently for the last 8 weeks. I have just been working on long and low, and decreasing her anxiety. Since she is a fairly forward and anxious horse, always expecting her head to be yanked around.

I do not currently have a trainer, but I am trying to find one that is able to come to me, which has been pretty difficult.

This is a video of me 4 years ago (I was critiqued on this already)

This is me last week. It was actually the first time I had deliberately asked for a trot.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-11-2016, 04:47 AM
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is she an Andalusian? she reminds me of the Andy that I am riding. he trots kind of short like that, and contracted in the neck.

I think you're doing just fine, and ride well. just getting her to go without creating too much worry is step one. then asking her to stretch forward and down a bit is the next step. I noticed a couple of times when she seemed to be thinking about offering you a forward stretch, and those times were when coming out of a corner, where you'd had here just a tiny bit more soft to the bit. maybe use the corners to get her to soften to the bit, slow down a bit, and as you come out of the corner, advance your hand, or perhaps, just your inside hand, and "suggest' to her that she move out a bit more, lower her head and stretch out her neck.

also, don't stick only to the outside, do serpentines and such. overall, you are doing well and will have a nice horse in no time.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-11-2016, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks tinyliny! Yes, she is an Andy :) and, I am pretty happy that she is finally softening in the corners. I think one of the comments on my last video has really helped with that. I was using to much inside rein, and she would brace and get fidgety. I will have to try the slowing down in the corners, I have not worked on that yet.

Oh yes! I didn't show that in my newest video, since I was trying to see how easily she would follow the fence (that has been a huge struggle, she HATED the fence line by the trees). However, we typical warmup with "doodles" and serpentines. The problem is that she is so out of shape, that I am trying to keep the sessions short, and typically within 5 minutes of warming up she is "spooking" or trying to get back to her friends. So, I have spent a lot of time just working on those issues. What ends up happening, is that I resolve whatever the issue of the day is, and then I need to get off. For an example, yesterday I was walking her around the fields, and she decided she wanted to trot back to the barn. I asked her to keep the trot, and then we did a u turn as we passed her buddies, and I did not let her stop until we had gotten passed the barn and in the direction I had been asking her... It took her about 20 minutes for her to figure it out, and that was all we did for the day.
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