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post #251 of 498 Old 11-16-2018, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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I LOVE the show outfit you have put together! Those boots I'm not in the market for new boots but now I feel like I want to be, haha! You two will look great together and I'm sure you'll do really well too! First shows with a new horse are so fun and exciting! :)
Thanks all! You're gonna make me pull the trigger! Lol. I've been watching the boots for months! Lol. They have great reviews and most have said they're comfy right out the box with no break in time. They're also great for schooling and shows, which I really like. I'm not one that can afford a pair of boots for each, so I think these will give me a good middle ground.

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post #252 of 498 Old 11-17-2018, 06:36 PM
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I just spent an hour reading this entire thread since it has been several months since I've logged in. I seriously commend you for taking Forrest back and caring for him while you decide what his future holds. There are not a lot of people that would do that and he's very lucky to have you.



The new boy looks great and I love the show outfit you're planning. Best of luck!
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post #253 of 498 Old 11-18-2018, 11:31 AM
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LOVE the show outfit! I'm a sucker for kerrits breeches as is, but I love their dark seat design for showing.

An aquaintance of mine had those boots and really liked them, the only caveat is that they are hard to clean with all the nooks and crannies made by the seams in the leather. I love the blue tops though. Simply stunning. You will have to get someone to take pictures at the show!

It's a little silly and probably a little inaccurate depending on horse and rider, but I always say I can count on the training I did up until 6mo ago to show through in a show, and anything more recent that is bonus. It makes me little less upset when I blow things we SHOULD know how to do but nerves overcame us and we couldn't.
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post #254 of 498 Old 11-18-2018, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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LOVE the show outfit! I'm a sucker for kerrits breeches as is, but I love their dark seat design for showing.

An aquaintance of mine had those boots and really liked them, the only caveat is that they are hard to clean with all the nooks and crannies made by the seams in the leather. I love the blue tops though. Simply stunning. You will have to get someone to take pictures at the show!

It's a little silly and probably a little inaccurate depending on horse and rider, but I always say I can count on the training I did up until 6mo ago to show through in a show, and anything more recent that is bonus. It makes me little less upset when I blow things we SHOULD know how to do but nerves overcame us and we couldn't.
I'm trying to go into this thinking of it as a learning experience for North. Good or bad, I think it will be fun for both of us to get out and get a change of scenery.

We had a lesson with Helen yesterday and got really stuck trying to get him to loosen up, soften and bend on left lead. Like I said before, right lead has always been easy. I tend to give up to quickly when something isn't going a planned and then resort back to what was working, but Helen wouldn't have it. And she took us step by step.

Forward first! Leave his head alone. Find his rhythm and keep him there. She said, "I dont care if you can't steer or your circles are all over ththe place. Just keep him forward!" Then when we got a good steady rhythm, she had me start asking for the bend. I was getting frustrated at my inability to achieve it more quickly, but Helen praised everything positive we did. We just kept making big circles around her as she talked us through it. Then she said, "He's about to give. Just stay steady and keep pushing him forward and off your inside leg."

And sure enough, he softened and went round. She talked me through keeping my hands steady and pushing him forward. Next thing I knew, he was soft and lovely! It took probably fifteen minutes to get it, but Helen said, "That's okay! He's 3! He's figuring it out."

We did 3 circles with him soft and round and she declared that this was a good place to end it. I so wanted to keep going, but I knew she was right. He gave us what we asked, and the reward was to end on a good note with lots of praise. It was a great lesson, and hopefully we will get in a few more before the show!

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post #255 of 498 Old 11-19-2018, 03:04 PM
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Glad you didn't give up, and Helen got you back into the game! I love how she doesn't allow any of that; she is so helpful and amazing. That's how a trainer should be. & praising the positives, that's how it should be too. That is awesome. YAY! That's progress right there. Just gotta keep at it. She's right, he is only 3 (I know, it's hard to remember that sometimes...even with my 5yr old, sometimes I'm like how come she's not getting this?! Oh...that's why). So happy to hear you had a great lesson. :) Ending on a good note is important. I hope you get in some more before the show too, it will help you a lot! GO NORTH!!!

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post #256 of 498 Old 11-21-2018, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Had to fly to DC on Sunday for work, and just flew back today. After my last trip, I was really nervous about flying the day before Thanksgiving and making it back on time without any delays or cancellations. Thankfully, the entire trip ran smooth and my plane landed ON TIME at 1pm this afternoon. Got home, dropped my things, and headed straight to the barn!

There was another young girl and her mom there. Her mare and North share a pasture and she was getting ready to ride, so I asked her to wait for me while I got North tacked up so we could ride together. We decided to ride out in their pasture, and I thought North would be better if I had his buddy out there with us. Boy was I wrong!

The first 20 min or so was a complete mess! Lol. I could not get North to listen or pay attention to save my life! All he cared about was what the mare was doing and trying to follow her around. He was just completely blowing through my aids, distracted, and overall not listening. I'd finally had enough when he threw his shoulder out and almost ran us into the electric fencing. I put him in a halt. Then made him back up. Then made him stand. Then asked for a few strides of trot, before halt, then walk, then halt, then back up, until I had his FULL attention. By then, the girl was done with her ride and took the mare out, and his entire behavior changed.

We did consistent, on the contact trot-work, changing directions, transitioning from walk to trot and trot to walk, and he was simply lovely and giving me his all. It was like night and day. It felt so nice and consistent, I was tempted to ask for a canter, but Helen wasn't there and I didn't want to push my luck! Lol. We did one run through of each test, Intro A & B, and then I praised him and hopped off. It ended as a fantastic ride, and probably the most consistent I've ever gotten him in the bridle without Helen there. I mean it felt REALLY nice.

So yea, note to self, the warm-up area at the show is likely going to be a HUGE distraction for him. Lol. But what I saw and felt today? Man, I really think we are going to be a great pair in the dressage ring. It's kinda funny because, even though he's so green, he's teaching me to be a better and correct rider. He's teaching me how to work through his quirks and become more confident in myself. He shows SO much potential for dressage, I can hardly believe how easy it is once we get it and find our rhythm. The mechanics and the way dressage SHOULD be ridden, just work with him. He's going against my hands? Leg and he softens. He goes too far above the bit? Leg and he gets back on the bit. He does well? Praise and he gives me more. These things just didn't work with my previous horses. Not my lease or Tess or Forrest. Tess didn't care how much leg you used. She was gonna do as little as possible and fake it till she made it. Haha. With Forrest, leg just meant run and keep going while using any means possible to get around the contact.

But for the first time, North is showing me how it's SUPPOSED to feel. And I gotta tell you, it feels incredible.

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post #257 of 498 Old 11-22-2018, 12:55 AM
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Reading the last part of your post with a big smile on your face, so nice to feel how it is supposed to...kind of hoping that Stella might give me that....because although Fergie gave me glimpses, she would never hold it...I am really hoping that Stella is a little more generous. So I really get that feeling of joy, and waiting to feel it.
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post #258 of 498 Old 11-22-2018, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Reading the last part of your post with a big smile on your face, so nice to feel how it is supposed to...kind of hoping that Stella might give me that....because although Fergie gave me glimpses, she would never hold it...I am really hoping that Stella is a little more generous. So I really get that feeling of joy, and waiting to feel it.
I know it's generally a bad idea to do a green+green situaion, but starting with a clean slate that has a great temperament and trainability had been worth its weight in gold.

I really need to catch up on that! How is it going with her? Between work and driving 40 min to the barn every day, I don't get much time to keep up on journals.

Did she do any dressage with the previous owner?
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post #259 of 498 Old 11-22-2018, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Very short clip from last weekend. Will try to get some more from today or tomorrow. Still adjusting to the new saddle. It's not as restrictive or "locked in" as my custom, but it does a heck of a lot more for my position. I just need to get better in my seat and balanced posting. Still, despite my inabilities, he still manages to do well for me. He's so freakin adorable!


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post #260 of 498 Old 11-22-2018, 10:04 AM
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Oh he's going so so good for you!!! I've never been a fan of restrictive deep seated saddles.. if it positions you well- the balance will come.


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