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post #1 of 9 Old 10-13-2014, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Look at how much we have progressed. Open to suggestions!

Okay so I know I recently this week have been blowing all of you up on here! I'm just excited and have been doing so much with Oliver now that we are in a MICH better place boarding wise and working wise.

Today I decided I would take him down to our old place we used to board before moving houses, just a mile up the road. A good warm up walk with a small hill. He was very well behaved and I let him see all the new stuff in the field where we will be working in when its good weather.

I then put him to work, really thinking of getting him to stretch himself out more, open up more not in forwardness but steadier and sitting more...more drive. Widen the space from chest to nose.

I really hounded myself about my inside hand, really tried to sit up tall and have a good core to support my base. Keep my arms relaxed my my side and fallowing his movement.

Well I thought it felt pretty darn great until I saw the video and was like Oh crap....never mind but after taking a few minutes, getting stills I do see improvements and where I need to just get after myself even harder on the next few rides. He wont excel if my body is slacking and I don't have a strong core.

So here is what I have photo wise....amazingly this was all to his difficult way today....I must have really been over thinking things
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-14-2014, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Bumping up, hoping for helpful thoughts
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-14-2014, 07:09 PM
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Well I am more a western rider who takes English lessons once in a while, so take my critique with a grain of salt.

Your toes are pointed outward too much. Your foot should be straighter in the stirrup.

Also I'm not 100% sure of your polo wrap job. Doesn't look like you went under the fetlock enough.

But that's really all I've got. He seems to be reaching underneath himself nicely and he appears soft in the bridle. Maybe a little behind the vertical at times, but not horribly so.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-14-2014, 10:13 PM
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Very nice. Your line from elbow to bit is still not quite there. Raise your hands an inch or so, which will require more bend in your elbow. In those pics, your shoulders are a bit slouched and it's resulting in your wrists being rotated inward a little. Shrug your shoulders a few times and open your cabinet and show off the girls. Opening your shoulders will rotate your wrists back to a more open position where your thumbs will end up on top where they should be. I love that nice uphill canter pic. He sure is a pretty horse, but then you already know my bias for dark bays!

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-15-2014, 11:25 AM
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He has really come so far, as have you, and its brilliant that you acknowledge that!
The one thing i can tell you is in every single picture, bar the third one which is bang on, he is btv. His poll is not the highest point, and if he is ridden btv for an extended period of time, he could possibly become broken the poll (when they get a pointy lump just behind the poll, where the vertebrae are damaged) You may also notice a dip in front of the withers, where the muscle has deteriorted. However this can be fixed, and in your case it is not extreme. I recommend pushing him on a little more, lenthening your reins a frction and letting him take his nose out in front of him. Ifv is much better than btv.
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post #6 of 9 Old 10-21-2014, 05:27 PM
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SO much progress!

Just a few little tidbits that I'm noticing:
Your elbows were already mentioned, so I won't drill on that. Do also make sure that you aren't "breaking your wrists." It's hardly noticable with you, but something to keep in mind.
Now, Mr. Oliver. I LOVE how he's really striding out and riding well. He is definitely behind the vertical though. Your reins don't seem too tight, which is good. He's probably set in his ways with this, which is not a good thing. What I would do is to make sure he knows how to stretch out. Before and after your rides, see if you can't suggest that he stretch his head downwards and out, go for that LDR position. I really think he would benefit a lot from that. Once you've mastered the stretch at a walk, go for a trot. This is an exercise you can do every time you ride or every other, just getting him to really stretch would help a lot.

Love watching you guys progress!

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-22-2014, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I feel that this is sucha huge break through with him that yes he is still BTV but so much less. I am changing up his training, lots more pole work, starting him back into jumping slowly and hope that will help him stretch forward and continue to use his hind end. He loves jumping and so I hope the switch up in training will make it a bit more FUN, a happy place.

Right now I have two places I can ride to; the horse park and that is a good 40 minutes ride along three roads, with a good amount of down hill work on the way and uphill work on the way home. second place, is up the other way, along one road, about 30 minutes away and its a good bit up uphill work to get there.

I have a few people to ride with who are great.

Up at the horse park I have a lit covered arena, trails-cross country course, two other arenas and a round pen all to work him in.

We have a few jumper training days coming up that I am really look forward to taking him to. I also am starting with a new trainer her soon and hope to see some more progress with that and work on myself. Not so much drill round round round in him as I have been instructed to in the past but switch things up.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-27-2014, 03:06 PM
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Great job you two! Just watch your wrists. He's not quite through all the way but definitely a LOT more put together than previous pictures :) Yay!
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-27-2014, 03:19 PM
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All frame-worthy pics. He looks awesome! Remember to relax those shoulders :)
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