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post #1 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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New and Improved, Fancy pants dressage boy

I fanlly got some great shots of a super great ride I had yesterday!
So happy with how things are going!

We are really stepping it up for him and my body has gotten on board, much more relaxed in my arms, fallowing with him instead of bracing, chest and tummy are up. Some very big improvements on both our parts!

Here are some pictures, okay A LOT of pictures...

We are going to our first schooling show July 6th. Last year we did a schooling show at the park here but really it was like a big lesson....he didn't get any idea it was a show cause we ride up here all the time and they are all horses and people he knows...


We will be riding Training 1 and 3.
After today's ride we are doing MUCH more leg yields, adding in 15 meter circles, cantering long side more and changing direction across the long diagonal many times to get him strong on a un brilliant movement in our tests...


Any ideas, thoughts or input would be great!
Thank you!
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Saved my favorite picture for last

Love this shot in so many ways
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 07:36 PM
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I'm not as proficient in dressage as I used to be, but the first thing that stands out to me is that he is a little behind the vertical. This also make the poll appear more "broken" than rounded. Also looks like you need to sit a little bit deeper in the saddle at the canter as it appears as though he is pulling you out of the saddle. And it may just be from the pictures (videos are a little more helpful) but your hands and arms look a little stiff and "stuck".
He looks like is is tracking up under himself quite well. It seems as though you are aware that you need to follow his motion more and are working hard on that. :) cute pair, good luck!
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post #5 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 07:37 PM
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ugh it posted twice... curse my unreliable wifi!

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post #6 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 07:40 PM
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You guys look great :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 07:43 PM
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This is my favorite, as it has you in a firm , upright positin wpwith spine in neutral and Ollie not behind the vertical and softly in front of the keg. You'll do well at the show!

Ok, my stupid ipad won't let he copy and paste the photo, but it's the second one of the whole lot.
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post #8 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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THANK YOU GUYS!!!

In the canter photos where I am out if the saddle, I am out of the saddle due to it is what is easier for him in our training and slowly adding more weight. He is very sensitive to my body and we found this to really help going in and out of transitions.


As for my arms and hands, that is the biggest thing we are working on and in the last four weeks I have gone from completely stiff/stuck/bracing/tense....it hurt that arm hurt when i rode it was so locked up. So you will see in some of the pictures where it goes back and forth from stuck like to more fallowing of the horse.....makes all the difference. funny how that happens!
Tiny- I would love to know what photo...since I posted so many photos! cant wait to see you at the show!
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 08:49 PM
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**** girl have you made some serious progress! Gonna need Kayty to pull you apart on these pics. It looks great. Horsey needs a few more half halts to keep him moving forward into the bridle, but I can't wait to see how well you score on your tests. Get video!!
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-05-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
Yes I'm really figuring out how NOT to be shy about using those half halts!!! They are my friend!!! LOL
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