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post #71 of 76 Old 07-08-2018, 06:03 PM
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Well congratulations! She looks great. It looked to me that she was a bit spooky in places she could not see. Next time you have to go from bright light to indoors try keeping a fly mask on her until right before you go in. Might not make a difference, but worth a try.
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post #72 of 76 Old 08-06-2018, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Training video/update! This video is from Saturday when I was working on her to collect and slow her trot so its almost like shes moving in place and floating over the ground. And shes keeping her head on the vertical consistently at the trot! Her canter is getting SO much better and Im getting better at riding the nuances of it (still room for improvement though). Also working on giving her free rein at the trot as well as walk to stretch. She gets a little confused at the trot when I ask this but shes getting better. And I always add in a few gymnastics like counter-flexing, leg yields, etc. After our ride I hopped off and pointed at her leg with the whip to see if shed do the Spanish walk without pressure. She was more than happy to😂Also included a transformation of her trot in the video (old trot video is...2.5 years ago). And the last clip is from our little hack on the trails and trotting up hills (which she loves).

Today I worked on her collecting again and then moving out while maintaining the active hind end (a little bit of that in the video from Sat.) Her canter was even more impressive today, Im so proud!! After the ride I walked with her at liberty to test something. I wanted her to stretch while we walked so I stretched my upper body and hand towards the ground and she followed it! I think she was a little confused but it achieved my goal haha.


I've started cantering her in-hand as well which has been super helpful to both of us (picture below)! And it's great exercise for me to keep up with her lol. Sorry if this post seems a little scattered...I've been multitasking while typing this so hopefully you can understand it all!

Ick...I've got to get someone out to take good pictures of us, not iphone screenshots.


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post #73 of 76 Old 08-07-2018, 09:20 AM
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Good job, she is really listening to you.
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post #74 of 76 Old 08-10-2018, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Good job, she is really listening to you.
I always appreciate your keeping up with our journal. So thank YOU


Short video clip from our lesson on Wednesday. You can see that Tessa's moving even better (watch her hind legs- see them reaching forward more) than the video I posted a couple of days ago. She's also moving forward into the trot better while going to the bit. I started posting to try to "push" her into the bit then sat the trot once she was confirmed on that.

The second part of the video is having her stretch with her nose to the ground. This was all done through positive reinforcement/clicker training. I left the bridle on so she gets used to seeking the bit out. When I ride the free walk with her, she goes down and forward nicely but would like to get her dropping a little more. So, that's why I'm starting on the ground! She's got the "down" down but would like to see her a little more forward. Got her to do it at the trot too (yay!) and she offered the canter as well. She canters whenever she's given the choice and I like giving her freedom to choose during our liberty-type sessions as she plays with me.

Today got her trotting nicely once more at the rising and sitting trot. Also introduced some of the canter figures for our next test (hoping to do one more show this fall at the next level). She did great! Kept the canter soft and balanced with good upward movement.

"Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?" ~Job 39:19

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post #75 of 76 Old 08-11-2018, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Todays my birthday and Tessa gave me the sweetest gift! She let me canter her bareback for the first time! She also stretched all the way down at the trot, which weve been working at on the ground. This was all done with positive reinforcement/clicker training❤️

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post #76 of 76 Old 08-11-2018, 11:05 PM
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Well happy birthday. Riding bareback like that is something I just don't do. However, I rode mostly with a bareback pad when I was a kid, and so when the "treeless" things came along, they were just perfect for me.
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