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post #51 of 56 Old 03-12-2014, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jmike View Post
got in some "homework" time today -- maybe about 45 minutes

i left the other 2 horses free instead of tied up

we walked, i was able to steer with my legs -- had a little bit of an aha moment

seems she turns better when i squeeze my outside leg, shift my seat a tad, and put some weight on the inside stirrup

is that the way i am supposed to be doing it?

I look in the direction i want to go, shift in my seat, then use a little leg if needed. Prepare a transition for a transition.
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post #52 of 56 Old 03-13-2014, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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did some more homework today -- got 20 minutes riding with my son and 20 minutes riding with my wife

did a 1 minute trot with not directional turns

everything was great -- no problems

got them all on sho-glo now to help with rain rot --- to be clear, the horse we are not riding has rain rot, and we are using sho-glo as a preventative on the other 2
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post #53 of 56 Old 03-15-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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yesterdays horse time consisted of tying mine up, brushing them, picking their feet and getting them ready for the farrier to come over

he did a great job as far as i can tell ... may have found a home for Whiskey -- he does sorting/penning and has 30 head of cattle and is looking for something to replace his roping mare --- he may trade us

today had my lesson early

we walked side to side across the pasture, with me trying to turn her with my legs, and neck rein -- mostly working in the same area where she blows through my cues and turns the way she wants to turn --- she was still trying to do that, but at a walk i was able to control her better

15-20 minutes of that and she stopped trying to blow through my cues and i was asked to trot her in figure 8's --- she started blowing through my cues again

my instructor asked me to go to an area between where we did lessons and where she wanted to go and work her hard --- so we did that, i would trot her the width of the pasture towards the road, she would try to turn right, i would try to turn her left ... so i would slow her down enough to turn her around sharply, and immediately get her to the trot -- get her to the other side and get her to turn right when she wanted to turn left --- rinse and repeat for 5 minutes --- was supposed to be circles -- but we did what we could --- then i allowed her to walk out to the side we did lessons on -- we went on a short walk and i was asked to do figure 8's again

she again blew threw my cues --- so i took her back to the area and asked for what i wanted at a trot, she would blow through my cues, i kept asking for what i wanted, and ask and ask until i got my answer --- turn trot turn trot turn trot again and again until i allowed her to walk out of it

we finished with a few figure 8's with easy turns -- life was good -- walk her back to be unsaddled, and tied up for an hour while she thinks about her lesson
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post #54 of 56 Old 06-19-2014, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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been a while since i posted on this and it's been a while since i had lessons

First -- i wanted to thank everyone who helped me and gave me tips on finding my seat in the trot

April 14th had a groud work lesson with DD and Instructor

hard to believe it's been 2 months already --- i had about 6 weeks of a ton of overtime, Instructor was busy doing 4-H horsey stuff --- and we finally have a lesson coming this Sunday --- and another one next Sunday

Tuesday me and DD went riding for 30 minutes and i took in some advice and put it to good work

instead of sitting way back i nthe saddle -- i sat a little more forward and that swell thing actually fit nicely between my legs --- i also didn't sit way back on my butt either -- and i was able to keep my legs mostly under me instead of way out in front

i did some trotting and it was so much smoother -- less slapping between me and the saddle --- was comfortable enough to take it up to a lope --- need to start finding the rythym and motion for that one at some point in time
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post #55 of 56 Old 06-19-2014, 11:40 AM
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Sounds great! Glad to hear you are enjoying a more comfortable trot.
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post #56 of 56 Old 06-23-2014, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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me and DD had our lesson this Sunday --- it was brutally hot and humid

we both did lots and lots of trotting
Gwen was taking off on DD and not stopping or turning as she should
Trainer had DD work on doing tight circle when Gwen stopped listening
(hard to pay attention to what they are doing when Dixie is being a butt - so i'll stop there)

Dixie was good for the first 20 minutes -- then became a total butt once we got up to trotting and trainer asked that we do circles and figure 8's

i would try to turn left, and she would try to turn right
when trying to turn right, she would drift far enough over so the brush was right on the right while she was trying to turn left --- so i decided if she was going to be a jerk --- i was going to make her turn right -- even if it meant running through 3-4 foot tall brush

so, we did it over and over and over and each time i would make sure i would win --- i am absolutely positive that Dixie was finding my weak points, and even though she was finding them and trying to exploit them, i kept being stubborn --- even though it took me time to turn her, i would not give up until i got my way

and as soon as i got my way, and she would slow down and turn, i would kick her right back up into a trot .... rinse and repeat

me and DD have another lesson this coming Sunday --- and i need to go to S/E Texas on Thursday/Friday --- so it might be a little hard to find time to get some riding in before she gets here

-- DD's homework is to work on tight circles and whoah's until Gwen Listens --- my homework is to work on using my legs while trotting
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