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post #11 of 710 Old 02-18-2016, 03:43 PM
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Awwww, bad day. Did you ride on Wednesday and was it better?
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post #12 of 710 Old 02-19-2016, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately no. I did get out to lunge him though. Just a short one, didn't have much time because of all kinds of grad work. :P

Nav was pretty good. He got going nicely forward, and is figuring out how to carry himself at least a bit. I know it will just take time for him to build up the correct muscles. I think sidereins are helping, though I don't want to lunge him with them every time I go out. Not sure if that would be beneficial or not.

Still a bit frustrated. I didn't ride today either, but no classes tomorrow so I should get an opportunity.
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post #13 of 710 Old 02-19-2016, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Happy to say that today was a better ride!

The main thing I'm realizing lately is that I really need to find an instructor who will travel out here to do lessons with me. I have been trying but so far have no luck. If not that, I need to at least start getting regular videos of myself riding to look back on for self critique, and post on places like here to get critique from better riders.

Anyway, after our warm up/walk to the arena, I tried something different. Instead of starting with some trot, I brought him to a canter right away, and let him go around the ring a couple of times, with some circles thrown in, both directions on a fairly loose rein, just to get him in a forward mindset. I think it made a difference! Once we went to trot he was moving much more forward than he normally starts out, and seemed to be lifting his back and rounding up some of the time.

We then did some trot-canter and trot-halt transitions, which went mostly well. He still pulls down, mostly going to the right, when my left side is outside. I think that's my weaker side and it's really hard for me to get a good halt going that direction. Going to the left, all it takes is for me to sit, close my thighs and close on the reins and he will halt with very little pulling down into the bit. Going to the right I can't get him to stop and there's weird bending, and it honestly is just harder for me to close my hand and move my arm properly. It's kind of hard to explain.

I also took him over some trot poles, to help get him lifting, and we spaced them out a little more today too to get him to reach more. Seemed to work pretty well. Ended with some shoulder-ins and turns on the haunches, which he is getting very good at!

I think I need to get a video and post it here for critique. Not a super edited version, something that really shows what we deal with so that I can get the most accurate critique. Hopefully I can get someone out there with me this weekend while the weather is nice!

In the meantime, here's a short clip from lunging the other day. I had music playing out of my phone so that's why that is there. :) I've been working him with sidereins a couple of times a week, and I do think it's helping. And I know it's not perfect, but I'm happy to see that he's got slack in the reins and is not bearing down at the canter. Hopefully we'll be able to get that undersaddle more regularly soon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOdNEASfu4Y
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post #14 of 710 Old 02-21-2016, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Today was a lot of fun.

Didn't really do much at all in the way of working, but I did get to go on a trail ride with another person! I am so often alone at the barn that this was a pleasant change. :) Nav of course acted like he had never been around another horse before... He was so excited about having a buddy that I had a hard time keeping him focused while we warmed up in the arena. Silly horse! We had a couple of good moments before our ride, but nothing special.

I still think I need to get a video. I cannot tell if he's round or hollow. I feel like he's going fairly round and forward with impulsion some of the time, but I also feel like he hollows or gets on the forehand quite a lot as well. Didn't help that today I took my a/p saddle out because I didn't want to carry my dressage saddle (since it's a hair bigger/heavier and I was feeling lazy), which doesn't actually fit me as well so I felt like I didn't know how to ride a horse.

Hoping to go out again and just do a short bit of arena work, and hopefully have the boyfriend out to get some video for me!
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post #15 of 710 Old 03-03-2016, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Last two rides have been pretty good, but nothing spectacular. I feel like we're stuck in a spot and aren't progressing. Or if we are we're progressing very slowly.

He did some good stretching and lifting at trot, only for a few strides at a time still, but it's something. We've also continued the canter first during warm up to get him forward and that seems to be helping. Yesterday's ride he saw the farm dog (who he has seen basically every time we ride...) and decided to freak out and spook over him. Even though the dog was not doing anything or even near us. I made him work hard after that, because I think he was being bad, and we did a ton of change of directions at trot, circles, transitions. He got to work and settled into a good working trot after that.

I wish I had someone to take lessons from. I feel like that would help us a lot.
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post #16 of 710 Old 03-06-2016, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't been able to ride much at all lately because I've been trapped with a cold. I did go out and lunge Navigator yesterday though and he did amazingly well!

He really started working into the side reins and reaching under and lifting his back. And his canter is getting better too. Transitions are helping it seems :) when we were done with side reins I had him go around a couple more times each way and he stretched down so well!! At trot and canter, it was some of the most beautiful movement I've seen from him! Hopefully we'll eventually be able to recreate that under saddle!

The next week and a half or so calls for lots of rain and thunderstorms so probably not a lot of horse time in the near future.

And just look at how handsome this guy is. I'm seriously so lucky <3
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post #17 of 710 Old 03-06-2016, 10:37 PM
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I love his name!
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post #18 of 710 Old 03-06-2016, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Rainaisabelle! He came with it, but I think it's a pretty unique and fun name. :)
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post #19 of 710 Old 03-11-2016, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't been able to ride in over a week due to sickness and now awful rainy weather.

Nav is probably enjoying himself out in the pasture with his buddies at least.

Not much in the way of riding updates obviously, but, I did find out about a local dressage club that hosts shows a few times a year. The season starts in April. I am very seriously considering joining and taking Nav to some shows just to get him out there and give him some experience. I would have to find someone to haul me, but I have at least one person in mind. Hoping it will all work out! :)
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post #20 of 710 Old 03-12-2016, 12:02 AM
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You should do it ! I'm taking Roy to an inhand show in August and a clinic end of April
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