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post #1461 of 3239 Old 07-26-2016, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Usually what happens is that I try to make a circle going to the left and she starts to fall in and then I go "Oh, oh, we need to work on that!" Part of it is just her rightbendedness working against me and the other part is carrying too much weight on the shoulders.

We worked on shoulders Sunday because I had trouble circling to the left; I halt her, put whip into right hand, move the shoulders over (Turn on the haunches), if it doesn't work back-up with whip on the shoulder until she moves. Keep working on it until you've done a complete 360. Then go back to walk work but when she doesn't expect it, ask her to do a square and back-up with whip; rinse and repeat on other side. Then try to circle to the left again and notice that it's suddenly easier.

General suppleness: I have a new favorite exercise which is to bend left for a few steps, bend right for a few steps, go straight, and continue, change rein and repeat. Leg yielding is also a good one or Shoulder In, but those are a little uglier to do with her.
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So I guess DH had a meeting with our builder regarding a lot that's located near Ana's current barn. So I'm sitting at my desk yesterday, when I suddenly get the following pictures via text:







I think he has finally fallen in love with her. He has never gone to visit her by himself just because. That just made my whole day.
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Love those cute pictures.

re: stiffness/suppling. When Izzy was very "sticky" working in the arena, I would do a couple of walk/trot warmup laps in the arena, go ride outside for 10-15 minutes doing lots of circles, serpentines, and up/down little hills, and then go back to the arena to do the "real" work. She always cantered much better if I did that after loosening up outside, where she moves much more freely.
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Love those cute pictures.

re: stiffness/suppling. When Izzy was very "sticky" working in the arena, I would do a couple of walk/trot warmup laps in the arena, go ride outside for 10-15 minutes doing lots of circles, serpentines, and up/down little hills, and then go back to the arena to do the "real" work. She always cantered much better if I did that after loosening up outside, where she moves much more freely.
LOL I've tried that but it makes Ana really mad because she believes that you can't do arena work after a trail ride. You can do arena work and then do a trail ride but never the other way around. The girl has rules!
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post #1465 of 3239 Old 07-27-2016, 11:31 AM
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Cutest selfies ever!!!
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That's great your husband came out just to take selfies with Ana. That's pretty awesome!! I'm so glad Ana is slowly gaining his affection!
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We had a great ride last night; we played a game called "where is my outside rein" - it's kind of like musical chairs but with the outside rein.

I started by pretty much letting go of the inside rein and just using my outside rein and seat to steer; once she was truly in the outside rein, I made things more complicated by turning in places where she didn't expect. As she got better, I shortened my inside rein a little and only used it for suppling purposes along with my inside leg.

Then we added another layer of complexity by moving on to the trot. We also cantered each direction but kept it simple by just going along the rail. Somehow we got a couple of trot to halt transitions; I have no idea how that happened; maybe because she was lighter in the shoulders? Anywho, no complaints here.

Then I wanted to take a good selfie because I was trying out one of those cooling scarfs and wanted to show you all. But this is what I got instead:






I usually go straight to the barn after work on Friday's but I'm so so tired today as I stayed at the barn til 9:30 last night and we are supposed to ride in a party lesson tomorrow morning. So I think I will just go home after lunch and crash on the couch as I'm just totally exhausted.
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lol I'm glad you're finding the outside rein!! It is truly a god send!

On the plus. Those selfies are precious!!
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We had a super fun party lesson Saturday.

When I got there she was trotting the fence line snorting and screaming because someone brought a mini horse to the barn. So I wasn't even sure that she would be ridable but we introduced them from a safe distance and then I walked her past him several times and she finally settled down and accepted his presence. They call him "land shark" because most horses freak when they see him and he's been known to go for the jugular on other horses.

I had discontinued group lessons with her a while back because she just seemed so miserable and exhausted but she's really turned a corner in both her physical abilities and attitude.

She still gets a little irritated when we get stuck behind a Western horse (OMG Western horses move much slower than English horses)but she looked happy for most of the lesson.









We got applause for our canter work (usually we get "um, what was that" or "that's ok I guess" or "are you sure you want to canter") lol.

We cantered a longside plus one circle each direction while navigating around a group of 10 people. We got a fairly quick up transition and correct leads both times with minimal ear pinning. So I'm on cloud 9 right now.

We finished with trail obstacles next to "land shark" and by that time she was tired and just ready to be done.






So so happy with her right now. All the work and money we've invested in her is paying off!

Hoping to go ride again tonight. Show season is only 6 weeks away and we have so much work to do!
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Aww that's great to hear!! I'm so glad Ana's canter work is improving! That's wonderful! I'm glad you guys are happy with each other and she's feeling better after all the medical stuff you two have been through.
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