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post #131 of 669 Old 11-10-2016, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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I had a couple days off from riding just due to being busy. But I got to ride today!

Nav was quite fresh, I could tell he was excited the moment I got on. Wanted to take him up to the arena and work on turning off the seat/legs/outside rein in a semi enclosed area. Really wish we had a fenced in arena as I think that would have helped. I tried the exercise where I keep my outside rein on a steady contact, and extremely slacken my inside rein, using my legs to keep the bend and keep him going... it did not work. Once Nav lost contact on the inside, he started bending outside on the shorter rein. I couldn't get him to go in a circle and could barely get him to turn at the end of the arena... He is so dependent on the inside rein, it is discouraging. He did better when I kept some contact with the inside rein but pushed it forward a lot to give slack.

I did some canter today and he did alright, though left is still hollow.

Overall it wasn't an awful ride, he actually had some really nice trot moments when I didn't completely lose the inside contact, and he did very nicely on the trot grid. Near the end of the ride I decided to do some no stirrups. It went well! Was able to do a lap of posting trot without stirrups around the arena both directions, and did some nice sitting trot. Nav responded very well to the sitting trot, he stretched down and lifted nicely.

I suppose there's always something good inspite of the bad parts of a ride! :P
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post #132 of 669 Old 11-10-2016, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Also thought I'd share some recent cute pictures of Navi. Because I know I could use more cute horse pictures in my life and maybe some of you do to :)



Look at his little tongue in this one! :P


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post #133 of 669 Old 11-13-2016, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Today was not a good ride. I don't think it helped that I went into it immediatley following an argument with the boyfriend, but at the start I was intending to have a good ride. And some of it was ok, we did our grid and have worked up to about 2'6" on the final fence.

But the bending thing is just such a frustration for me. I feel like no matter what I do he resists. Even when he seems like he's going mostly straight or dping a little correct bend I'll look and see that his head is looking outside.

He is not connecting from inside leg to outside rein, is too heavy on the hands (which I know is my fault) and I don't know how to fix this. This is the big problem right now and until I figure it out I feel like we won't make any progress.
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post #134 of 669 Old 11-14-2016, 08:40 AM
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He is such a ham! So cute. :)
Awww I'm sorry you didn't have such a good ride. I'm sure the arguing didn't help you either, we all have our days. :(
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post #135 of 669 Old 11-14-2016, 10:08 PM
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Today was not a good ride. I don't think it helped that I went into it immediatley following an argument with the boyfriend, but at the start I was intending to have a good ride. And some of it was ok, we did our grid and have worked up to about 2'6" on the final fence.

But the bending thing is just such a frustration for me. I feel like no matter what I do he resists. Even when he seems like he's going mostly straight or dping a little correct bend I'll look and see that his head is looking outside.

He is not connecting from inside leg to outside rein, is too heavy on the hands (which I know is my fault) and I don't know how to fix this. This is the big problem right now and until I figure it out I feel like we won't make any progress.
Have you ever had him looked at by a chiro? When I got Tess, she was super resistant to bending. Finally got a chiro out and she was locked in her poll and had a rib out. Tess was also super heavy on the hands. It honestly just took her getting stronger and being able to carry herself more. If you don't have access to a trainer for lessons, do you know anyone that's an experienced rider that could hop on and see what they can get out of him? I do this often when I'm struggling with something. I ask a barn friend, someone more advanced than me, to hop on and see if they get the same result. Often times, they'll figure it out and then give me tips on how to fix it.

Cassie (DanteDressageNerd) or Katie (Tazzie) is also a great source for breaking these things down.

I know its super hard figuring this stuff out without a trainer or regular lessons. I have both and still struggle every day.
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post #136 of 669 Old 11-15-2016, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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@Tihannah he was worked on about 2 months ago, but it was a pretty short session by a vet/chiro who I took him too mostly too look at him for lameness (and then she mis-diagnosed him, so I'm not sure how much good it did, though he seemed to really enjoy it). I'm trying to find someone in my area to come out and take a look, may talk to my barn friends and see if someone else needs an appointment to make a trip here worth the chiropractor's while.

I think part of it is definitely weakness after two months off for lameness, I'm probably being a little impatient. I don't have anyone super experienced to get on and ride him. There are two people I know who would be good but getting them to the barn to work him would be difficult. Maybe even another person at my barn would be ok to try him and see how he goes, who knows it could be that I'm throwing him off balance so much that he's compensating for me by bending incorrectly.

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@Tihannah he was worked on about 2 months ago, but it was a pretty short session by a vet/chiro who I took him too mostly too look at him for lameness (and then she mis-diagnosed him, so I'm not sure how much good it did, though he seemed to really enjoy it). I'm trying to find someone in my area to come out and take a look, may talk to my barn friends and see if someone else needs an appointment to make a trip here worth the chiropractor's while.

I think part of it is definitely weakness after two months off for lameness, I'm probably being a little impatient. I don't have anyone super experienced to get on and ride him. There are two people I know who would be good but getting them to the barn to work him would be difficult. Maybe even another person at my barn would be ok to try him and see how he goes, who knows it could be that I'm throwing him off balance so much that he's compensating for me by bending incorrectly.
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post #138 of 669 Old 11-16-2016, 10:11 AM
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It always helps me to see if another rider is getting the same responses I get that way I can determine how much of it is me and how much is the horse. When my clinician came I asked him to hop on and ride. When he got done he said it definitely wasn't all me and that I need to get a chiro out. I would've never known and just kept riding her thinking I was the problem.
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post #139 of 669 Old 11-16-2016, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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@Tihannah , that's encouraging, I'll see if I can get someone to take him around next time I'm out there! :)
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post #140 of 669 Old 11-16-2016, 01:36 PM
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could you video him on the lungeline? we could at least get a peek at his movment there.
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