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Just curious - what are you working on with your horses? I like hearing about what other people are doing, helps me stay focused and motivated!
 

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I'm currently working on flexation, extension, and staying calm versus excited.:)
Lucky tends to want to ignore the bit when she gets past a certain point, so we're working on just not getting to that point at all. :3 I'm trying it out to see where we're at at a show Friday..hopefully we don't have a runaway kicker :p

Oh, and standing ground tied..Another rider (owner's friend) messed that up, so we're having a "come to Jesus" meeting either tomorrow or Friday before the show, because I don't plan on bringing a whip to the show to school her on that. I wanna be able to go get a coffee and leave her go like I use to, lol.
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my horse was a skinny yearling rescue.. so im working on putting weight back on her.. and training her to be a horse.. working with her feet, training her to lead.. teaching her her blanket is not a big scary monster.. stuff like that
 

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Working on the right lead, turns on the forehand, and getting him out of young horse habits (leaning on or getting behind the bit)
 

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my horse was a skinny yearling rescue.. so im working on putting weight back on her.. and training her to be a horse.. working with her feet, training her to lead.. teaching her her blanket is not a big scary monster.. stuff like that
I believe this thread is intended to ask what people are working on in regards to dressage training ;)
 

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Currently, I'm working on my gaited dressage with my fox trotter, Romeo. We're mostly working on improving our gaits, and the quality of them right now. He's got his medium, flatwalk, fox trot, and running walk down but he is struggling a bit with his free walk. I'm not too worried with his free walk seeing as though it is usually a difficulty for his breed. So right now we're working on holding these gaits smoothly and easily. Other than the free walk he is coming together excellently!

After this I will pick it up and work on his canter. Romeo has always had a wonderful canter, but he has issues holding it in small movements (such as circles). I trust that my trainer and peers will help us get on the right track with it, though. Even with our few faults I am proud of my horse because this will be the first year either of us show english!
 

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With Pie I'm working on leg yields and not bolting in the canter. Also getting him to use his hind end more. With Callie I'm working on bending and not getting behind the vertical.
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I'm working on getting Cowboy on the bit, and have a nice headset. He has it at the walk lol. We're also working on bending because our "circles" look more like ovals. We're also working on leg yeilding and having cleaner transitions. Oh and to stop...not 5 strides later realize what I want him to do lol.
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Extending everything. My horse likes to collect it up, he has a beautiful lank extension, we both have to work on it.
 

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Bending and better trot to canter transition right now. Nothing too fancy or exciting. :wink:
 

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Let's see....Me, my seat. Lots of exercises to get more supple, no stirrups, very short stirrups, etc.

Horse, working on not letting him run through my outside aids, using his back more at the canter, and stretching more into the bridle aka long and low at all gaits.
 

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My biggest challenges are getting a clean canter depart and bending correctly at the corners.

Calypso's circles are coming along nicely and her trot is really nice. She rides into contact well and once she takes the bit connection is pretty good.

Goal is to get solid training level scores this season.
 

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At the moment, I am working with my pony on doing haunches-in. And then the never-ending improving of her canter since she likes to go fast. Very fast. :)
 

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I'm working on improving my seat and position. It's a never ending battle and I'm not exactly winning at this point. Also working on being forward and rhythmic. I'm a beginner so I'm still hammering out the basics.
 

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Right now I am riding about 4-5 days a week, working on strengthening my Boy's back end, and getting him to lift his back up into my seat. Lots of trot sets, backing up and getting him to track forward, moving under himself and getting him to strengthen up.
 

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Well, our canters were improving, then they started getting sticky again, so I have to go back a step--or two-- and work on getting honest, clean canter strides again, none of that up-and-down stuff.

The fundamentental is still: better response to the leg. When my horse moves out (usually away from home) we have hardly any problems with paces, lateral movements, even halts are better.
 

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Dressage is just constantly refining the "go" and "stop" aids, and collection is when the horse is balanced between the two almost exactly. Right now I'm working with Rowan on keeping him infront of my leg, without running away. To do this I'm using a lot of Dr. Caeser Parra's stuff about neck control and riding up to the contact and using only a balancing rein, working the half halt with my body.
Some of the exercises I'm using to help refine the aids are half steps, walk halt transitions, flexion and stretching in the halt, walk trot transitions, transition within the trot to get the extended feel in the collection and the collected feel in the extension, and walk canter or trot canter transitions to help me keep half halting during transitions, and help him not to use his neck.
Intermittently we also school the movements in the PSG and I1 to help me get a feel for putting the tests together, and to test the aids and connection.
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Walking pirouettes, getting on the bit, and getting a solid canter.
 

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I'm working on keeping Freddy sound, and getting a cooperative trainer. Other than than we have been working on moving hip, lateral, responding to leg in general, an keeping a decent headset. We've also been working on not taking off full speed when I ask for a lope and going forward off leg. He is not very responsive go my leg and I almost always need a dressage whip.
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