Every 90 days update! Round THREE! UPDATE YOUR PROGRESS!
AHA! It is about that time again!
This is the third round for some so please say second/third or first round in your post if you are returning or just joining the chain!
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Saw this on another forum.
You list your horses name and what you are currently doing training wise and then exactly 90 days from today we pull up this thread and post what we are working on and again and again and it creates a string you can look through of so much progress!
IS anyone interested?
Example: (this way you can do multiple horses)
My horse: Ginger
Currently: Working on lengthening the trot and canter (1st level 1 test schooling), and some baby lateral work
Last edited by NOMIOMI1; Nov. 4, 2012 at 01:51 PM.
My horse: Pie
Currently: Working on achieving uphill balance in the left lead canter. Increasing engagement in trot work with sf, baby renvers on circle. Practicing shortening/lengthening frame (stretch down then back up, repeat) while maintaining tempo and balance.
Tia. just entering her in her first 4th level test 4-3. working on flying changes everyday as the left to right change has been really hard. Trot work is not as good as the canter work (as I have been focusing too much on the canter), sooooo going back to the basics in trot: like trot-walk-trot transitions, 20m circles, 3 loop serpentines. She knows all the "movements", but I want to get the same ridebility feeling in the trot as I have in the canter (like I can go a little forward, a little back, a little deep, a little up, a little shoulder fore, a little renvers and it is all easy and fun -like dancing).
CM just entering 4th test2. test 2 as I can't really have 2 horses at the same test. CM has shown PSG with me, but he needs a bit of reschooling to get him more sensitve. He also needs more fitness. So I am just schooling the basics. Lots of forward and back, trying to keep my leg off him 98% of the time and then get him instantly reactive from a soft leg touch. Also really focusing on straightness.
My horse: Feronia
Working on: keeping her from going through her outside shoulder (her favorite evasion), starting trot lengthening, getting a more uphill and controlled canter, and more understanding that free walk and stretchy trot both involve contact and stretching *out* not just down. Have a pro on her once a week to help. Trailer loading an ongoing project. Working over poles a lot for adjustability at the trot. Starting to get ready for our first schooling show of the year, April 29. Anticipating two clinics in May... one a multi-day excursion to another barn for Mary Wanless, eep!
---- "You have to have experiences to gain experience."
Ill play though it seems most of my updates have been "Well Rex injured X today and will be down for at least 4 weeks" ugh...
My Horse: Rex
Currently working on: Well when we are actually able to RIDE, its just basic w/t/c stuff. I started him lightly at 3.5 and 3 days before he turned 4 he broke his splint and was out for 7 months. He was getting brought back starting this Dec and we were doing really well and having really nice rides sans trainer and then he cut his left front open. We were going to debut our first under saddle show March 24 and show Intro while my trainer took him in Training but the cut on his leg ended that. Hoping maybe in May...? I know better than to make plans though!
Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!
My Horse: Paddy
Currently Working On: Got him in December. He was bucking and bolting continuously. Had massage and chiro work done...neck, back and stifle had issues. He was "off" for 2 - 3 months. Started riding again last week. Working on moving forward and staying straight. Hoping to compete in our first show (schooling) the end of May in Intro B.
My horse: Ham (aka, Hammie or The Hamstar)
Working on: Everything?!? Seriously, somedays it feels like what are we NOT working on! We've accomplished a lot the past few months, though. Now that we are able to work regularly, he's no longer as locked up nor is he as heavy on my inside rein (usually!), his rhythm has been more consistent, and he's really learned how to carry himself with less help from me.
Our instructor usually only comes to our barn once every 3-4 weeks (she's 2 hours away), so we've been focusing a lot on bending to the inside and outside at the walk/trot on a circle with some leg yielding in and out (with me learning how to try and use my seat more effectively), and spiraling in and out on the circle. We've also been working a lot on our transitions (especially at the canter) and shortening and lengthening at trot. The coolest thing we've gotten to do recently was turning on the haunches and then going into a canter - that was fun! Last night we had two very good trot to walk transitions, and I was ecstatic. It truly is the little things that make me happy! The goal is to attempt Training Level this summer - not sure which tests, though. I'd like to do 2 and 3 if we are ready.
It's been so fun working with this horse. When I'm correct, everything with him pretty much falls into place. He's not a horse that requires you to think too hard - in fact, if you do, it's more to your detriment. Once I've built the muscle memory, and can learn to ride more on instinct rather than overthinking things, I think we'll be OK.
Now the key will be to remember to come back in 90 days and post updates!
My horse: Cody
Currently working on: Transitions, transitions, transitions. Oh, and bending, and not running me into the gate. Had a really good ride a week ago, and then I had to go and get sick and haven't been able to ride since One of my favorite things of late is to spiral in from a 20m to a 10m circle in a posting trot, and then spiral back out in a sitting trot and when we hit the 20m circle again, ask for canter. Have gotten a couple of nice canter transitions that way Also have been trying to mix things up with some leg-yields and shoulder-fore/in to try and help get him reaching for the bit instead of sucking back If I luck out and end up with a saddle next Tuesday, goal is to go to our first show in May before the season ends
Myself: Currently working on whether I can ever learn to sit his trot without buying a new saddle. This used to be easy for me, but I had to start riding in a jumping saddle, and he is about as lofty as a TB gets.
Also, working on consistently having the nerve to go on solo trail rides. He's fine with it, it's just me.
My horse: Trainer is almost done teaching him flying changes. He goes L to R with ease, but R to L is always late behind.
Working on: Getting started under saddle. Transistions on the line. LOTS of groundwork as she's a bit smart and a lot pushy. Once I get her going under tack, I'd like to be schooling a confident Training level. She's been ridden before, but between a hock injury and a baby (she had one, then I had one) It's been a few years. :-)
I would join in, maybe will give me some perspective, see where I am at in 90 days.
Horse: Epso - Broodmare until I bought her mid December. Lovely Tb mover - therefore very novice.
Working on: Canter departure and circles ( if the arena wall is not there she cannot quite figure out what is going on) Transitions walk trot ( staying relaxed and forward) General attention to work ( yes that basic!!!) As she was dominant mare in pasture she expects to be first one out of the arena if a horse or person leaves the arena she gets tense and her attention goes to the door and getting her back to work is difficult.
Lovely legthening of the stride at the trot and she loves this and yes I do resort to this when things go south.
I had my first square halt over the weekend was very impressed.
Aim: very regional dressage show in july: w/t test even if we have better canter by then as I do not know that she has ever shown and how she will take it.
One lesson a week with a junior trainer.
Great idea this should be fun
I do not see why not HorseProblem any bit helps.
Last edited by mscapen; Apr. 4, 2012 at 02:52 PM.
Reason: respond to post
Jeff. Working on improving lateral movements and maintaining balance at the canter outside of a circle (he can do a legitimate 15m canter circle but we can't seem to get down the long side without drama).
Working on conquering the 'tough' part of our rides (he's soft and supple for 15-20 minutes then gets strong and heavy for 10-15 minutes and if I force myself to ride through it we can do our best, most correct work after that).
We also have our first jumping lesson in two weeks!! I plan on two dressage lessons a month and one jumping lesson a month this summer plus two dressage clinics. Hopefully we can make progress and I can still afford to go on vacation this year
Where we're at: Back to basics. Relearning with less hands, more leg and seat. Working on 2 laps stirrup-less sitting trot, 2 laps of two-point. Overcoming my irrational fear of cantering, hoping to master it enough to show prelim/training level at the first show in early May. Not helping: he anticipates being cranked into a "frame". Occasional ventures into leg yields.
Last edited by cada931; Apr. 6, 2012 at 07:48 PM.
Reason: more info
We are working second level. Right now we are working on counter canter and balanced transitions at canter/walk/canter and trot/halt/trot. Working on developing medium trot. I am hoping to start changes soon. We have also been concentrating on keep the hind legs active during collection and REALLY building his strength.
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