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  1. #41
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    Round 1
    Horse: Burrito
    Rider: DD
    It's been an eventful 90 days for DD. She's ridden under 5 trainers and on 7 horses and oh by the way managed to outgrow both clothes and boots! We started off the summer being yelled at about how to change your crop hand. However all was redeemed with current trainer and DD is turning out lovely shoulder ins and is much more confident and forward with her riding. Favorite game currently is superman where DD does a nice canter in two point with arms wide open. I don't think I have seen her smile this much in a while. Balance is fantastic and darling HORSE listens to her nicely. We'll do more work on shoulder in and balance tossed with some light work on collection.
    Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
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    What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.



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    Alright - so my last post was April 4th and I had been off Rex yet again for another month due to a bad cut on his LF. We had planned to debut his first show March 24th but that was not happening due to the cut.

    So with weather and all, riding hasnt been super consistant but thankfully Rex does his home work in between rides. I debuted him FINALLY on May 26th at Intro A and B at the Jax Eq Center inside the very scary indoor arena.

    I rode him inside of it the night before which was interesting. Lots of spooking as its a big dome and everything echos and theres big shadows everywhere, etc. Intro A was interesting with Rex trying his hardest NOT to go near the judges booth. My trainer, Dean Graham, had come to help me. He got on and schooled Rex in between classes then had me get back on. I get backed off esp when Rex is being reactive but Dean made me put my legs on and hands forward and RIDE forward even if it felt like Rex was going to bolt. I went in for our Intro B and the electricity under my saddle was crazy. It felt like at any second he would just explode but he was trying SO hard to keep it together and he did and we got our first 1st place and qualifying score for our GMOs championships (66.88% and Intro A was 53.75% so a nice jump in score).

    Then Florida was hit with TS Beryl and then Debbie and the flooding was HORRID. I couldnt ride for over 3 weeks. But for some crazy reason, I thought HEY lets enter the schooling show in Ocala even though Ill be able to ride 3 times before it gets here.

    So we went down to Ocala to Longwood South. BEAUTIFUL facility. It was Rexs first time staying away from home and he was a champ. We were in the north barn so had to hack a ways through the xc course to get to the arenas. This was also the first time Rex had seen horses being jumped. We couldnt go AROUND the arena due to all of the bushes and trees so our tests were not so hot. He got a little light up front a few times, went by the judge in a full side pass, etc. But we stayed in the arena and the saddle. I was able to get him into the dark covered arena and get good work there and good work prior to entering for my 2nd test but then he saw the scary judge and that was it. And I was so stuck on "FORWARD" in my head that I didnt do anything else and let him go around straight as an arrow. And as we all know, young horses need to be positioned and bending to keep them focused. I received my lowest score EVER (45%!) but its a schooling show for a reason.

    However, Rex was SO brave after and took us on a trail ride through the xc course where he was spooking the night before. Long story short, he decided to follow another horse up the BIG hill that had jumps on it multiple times and didnt spook at the coffin at the bottom.

    With vacation and how hot it is, Rex had off from the 2nd until the 12th. Our ride on the 12th was ok. He was working but felt very behind my leg and had a hump in his back. After the ride I saw the saddle was bridging (and it wasnt doing that at the show!) so scheduled my fitter to come out. The next AM I had a lesson so used my mattes pad and what a difference. He felt GREAT. There were also other horses leaving during our ride so it was a great time to work on making him pay attention and me to RIDE in prepping for a test. I also had Dean help me with my stupid left leg. He had me cantering with my left knee bent so much that my foot was on my saddle pad. But it helped!

    I rode Rex today and it started off well. I was positioning him in shoulder fore and keeping his attention and not letting him look at the neighbors barn. We were trotting along and then he just decided that nope this isnt fun I want to look over THERE and screw you! So started balking and trying to look away. As I mentioned above, he has started getting light up front so I was having to turn him to keep his feet moving. If I asked for forward, he was getting light or even doing this like canter in place thing. But as soon as he took ONE step forward, big release and praise and then hed go to look and Id correct - rinse repeat. Finally after like 5-8 mins of this (with moments of being fine and then BUT I DONT WANNA) he finally went by the area where he was acting up and didnt fuss and I made a huge deal about it and then that was it. He went back to work and it was GREAT. I had been struggling with the left lead (due to my position not him) but focused on keeping my left leg bent and BOOM perfect canter transitions. I finally feel confident enough to sit and ask for a canter like I would on Layla and not fear him getting squirrely or anything. I actually think his spooking and getting light up front and all of this had made me a more confident rider as I CAN ride through it and it doesnt scare me and I know he isnt trying to get me off (we all know he could if he wanted) so I guess it can be a good thing in some ways.

    OHHHH! And how could I forget! May 9th I had my first fall off of Rex. He got a little wiggly as we changed direction to my bad way and I lost my balance over his right shoulder and he started cantering and I went to sit up and my leg caught his side so he bucked and I went over his left shoulder, all the time keeping my arms and legs wrapped around him, refusing to fall. Then he just put his head to the ground and I did a perfect somersault over his head and landed sitting on my butt. I think I fell maybe 1 foot? It was actually very graceful and one of the most graceful Dean had seen! lol

    And knock on wood, no more head shaking for the time being.

    So all of this isnt any good without pics.. I know!

    May 9th, after my fall
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    Intro A - Between X and C - walk - hahah
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    Dean schooling him
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    Entering for Intro B - he felt really charged up for this test
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    Our only spook in this test and it wasnt too bad
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    Better the 2nd half of the test
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    Mid June - I gave my gf a mini lesson on him - finally trusting him at the tempo he prefers (I had been keeping him under tempo for my own comfort and it was causing arguements between us)
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    Her first time cantering him
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    The next day I rode and told my gf to tell me to keep going forward if I let him slow down a bit so I could get comfortable at his working trot - since then I am finally 100% comfortable riding him forward, truly
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    This is actually the exact place he was acting up tonight but tracking left
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    This is the view of the xc course from the barn at the show on the 2nd and this is where Rex went exploring
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    Kind of hard to gauge how steep and tall the hill really is but thats me standing on the top - this is what Rex decided he wanted to climb
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    Me and Rex standing with my friend Heather and Paddy (she boards with me)
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    My friend arrived at the show for my Intro B test so missed the fun stuff in Intro A (the pro photographer got pics but when I try to link to them it doesnt work!) so this is the few moments of decent work I got prior to entering the arena
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    Heading towards C - we are supposed to be about 10' to the left
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    Rex tried to pick up extra points by cantering in Intro but it didnt help. After the canter though he got really disunited and was doing this really odd trot and I couldnt get the rhythm back
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    All I could do was laugh.. I mean what else can you do? He looks a LITTLE worried huh
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    And this was last Thurs - taken from a cell so sorry its blurry - he did work and did well but it wasnt 100% - this is when I saw the saddle
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    Oh I then took him to the front yard where hes only been if I let them run around the house - hes never been worked there - and there was a big pile of trash at the road - heaven forbid - so Ive been just taking him all over to expose him
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    This is when a very low flying helicopter came over while the neighbors were shooting off high powered rifles and Layla was running around like an idiot
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    Being brave trotting up the fence line next to the pond
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    So I have a clinic this weekend that I hope to get pics/vids from. Then I am going back to Longwood for another schooling show on Aug 5th and then in Sept our GMO starts up their shows again. So staying busy!
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    Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!



  3. #43
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    I'll play! This is round 1 on a 10yr old appendix mare.

    Me: Learning to use my whole leg and not just heels. Also working on my hands. When I'm nervous or tired I revert back to tight arms/shoulders with hands low, wide, and braced

    Maresie: After months of walk/trot we are working on cantering. Apparently the canter is cause for crowhopping, bucking, and propping. Everything physically checks out and we just got a new well fitting saddle, so I'm pretty sure its mostly a balance/strength issue along with some 'tude. On a good day we can canter an entire 20m circle

    Also, we are working on slowing the trot tempo WAY down. Mare can be a hot tamale that resembles an eggbeater...so slowing the tempo down until we learn to trust my hand a bit more.

    My goals in 60 days: Canter! In the field, in the ring, where ever...just CANTER

    Also work on more caveletti and small jumps and finally get some baby lateral work with creating a super tense unhappy horse. ETA: We also really need to learn how to lunge. The mare has been roundpenned to death, but becomes a nut on the lungeline. Ugh
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  4. #44
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    I like it! I'll join in late.

    Horse: Saint (4yo, 17h wb/tb)

    I've got him a little less than 1.5 years ago as a coming 3yo. When I got him he was lightly started under saddle and massively downhill with big ole' booty that tried to overrun his front legs while his front legs tried to rush off on an entirely different tempo. We've come a long way. We did our first dressage test in May (Intro B) and got a 68. We did the Intro B because our canter isn't quite ready for dressage prime time, although we did recently win a hunter green horse flat class that had some very nice company.

    I am working to get him to move forward with impulsion while carrying a consistent training level connection at the walk/trot. He sort of yoyos right now (accepts it, then goes down, then up, then down). Some days are better than others. The other challenge is getting him to track up and move into the connection at the trot. When I ask for impulsion, he wants to lengthen out in front rather than work from behind (he’s a bit lazy).

    We’re working on laterals, specifically shoulder ins and leg yields. On the shoulder in, he tries to cheat by popping his outside shoulder out and then caving in on the inside rein. To work on this, we’ve been working on spiral in and out circles and also on ovals where I ask for leg yields on two sides. His shoulders are getting better and I’m getting more cross over, but it is really, really hard, especially when in addition to everything else, I have to deal with him trying to brace against the bit and pull like a locomotive on me, which he is sometimes wont to do.

    After much work (and a growth spurt that leveled him out a bit ), I have finally gotten his canter to where it is ridable. He still wants to travel on the forehand, but he is getting much better about responding to my aids to rock back and work off his hind end. So, now I am starting to ask for him to carry a more consistent training level frame instead. He is not a fan – he thinks that is a lot more work. On the bright side, he no longer is bucking to avoid the work! I sometimes have trouble getting him to pick up his right lead correctly (he throws his shoulders our and pops into the left lead), so we are doing quite a bit of work on walk/canter transitions as well. Funny thing is that once we get the right lead, it is much nicer than his stronger left lead. Sign!

    His jumping, although we only do it once a week or so, is probably coming along best. He now thinks that cross rails and 2 ft verticals are boring and nothing to get excited and rush at! We’ve progressed from doing primarily single trot fences to trotting lines, to trot-in canter out and now are moving to cantering lines. Our focus is on keeping him as collected and getting him as close to the base as possible.

    Since we’ve started cantering lines, he is amazing me with his adjustability. I did a lesson with my instructor recently where we worked on getting 3/4/5 strides in the same line and he does it easily. We’ve also recently started to incorporate gymnastics to get him to tighten up his jump. He can jump the moon but sometimes wants to be a little lazy with his hind end so that is something I think we will be working on fixing over the coming months. As for height, while he’s still growing we’re keeping it low (under 2‘6) on a consistent basis, but occasionally will gradually build a single jump up higher to work on something. Yesterday, the last time we went through the gymnastic grid, the end oxer was 3’3 and he jumped it like it was nothing.

    My goal over the next three months is to get him to some out of town shows so he get some bronze – maybe do the Intro C (which has the canter) and some 2ft/2’3 jumper/hunter classes.

    I’d like to be able to do a respectable Training level test on him by the end of the year and to take him to Hits in Tampa and maybe do some 2’6 jumper classes by Feb/March of next year. I think if we can get to that point, the sky will be the limit when he is a 5yo.



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    Great updates people! See ya next round
    ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
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    Reading my last two rounds wow we have come so far on some things will some still are the same LOL

    Ginger's third round : I have just come to terms with some things just not being a strong suit but actually knowing our weaknesses we have turned to focus on strengths!

    Sitting trot each ride now with great results.

    Doing much stronger LY and SI.

    Mediums at trot are still rough , but canter is great. Counter canter work has begun and she is a natural at that.

    Started tiny bit of Half Pass and Travers this week! Just teeny bits without pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leahandpie View Post
    This is so fun!
    We have achieved balance in the left canter, now working on prompt and uphill UP transitions, and staying balanced/not falling on face in down transitions.

    Now working on a few steps of correct SI/HI down the long side, leg yields at the trot, and lots of bend/counterbend to keep him supple through the shoulders.
    3rd update, not so awesome for us :/ We finally got over an abscess that Pie has been battling since the start of September! We had a super August and were all ready for our first event... then the abscess came and never went away... and ruined our fall season

    Good news it FINALLY drained once and for all, taking the entire heel bulb with it! So I've been cleaning the hole, wrapping, etc. until it finally got a good scab... and now I've been riding him again for just over a week.

    So, we are just getting back to work... but Pie seems refreshed and has been lovely and balanced in his canter, and VERY forward with lots of stride which is great for him! (He tends to get tense and short strided)
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    Billie: we are more comfortable at jumping around 3 foot. We are working consistantly with more activity and forward in the gaits. The canter is starting to be good.

    Misteria- Worked alot on getting her more supple through her body by doing circles/voltes. We have gone to a schooling show, where she did really well, except for trying to buck me off during stadium...She was wonderful on xcountry.



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    Had an eh sort of summer with the mare. I was distracted by elderly father issues and my own "I suck!" issues... We made it to a few schooling shows, and the mare's behavior improved, but not her scores.

    I was happy when the bugs were down and we could finally trail ride again! It's so good for both of us and I attribute some of our "finer" moments at shows to having schooled her so much on the trail... e.g. the show where she got a red ribbon on a 58% score by being the horse "second least likely to spook at monsters at F" and "second most likely to go through the puddle at B".

    But all along, especially later in the summer, I felt like *something* wasn't right with her. She wasn't lame, but she wasn't herself. Lyme titer and fecal were negative... and then, 3 weeks ago, at our last schooling show of the season, she went dead lame right in front of the judge!

    It's her right front. Diagnosis is still not clear, except for laminitis (with some rotation ), but it did not present like laminitis at all. New farrier is awesome and the current strategy is to fix her feet and then see how sound she is. Right now she is being handwalked and on very limited, dirt turnout. She's a bit spicy with the weather change and no real work.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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  10. #50
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    Quote Originally Posted by rprincess73 View Post

    My Horse: Paddy - 6 yr old Clyde/TB cross (AWS)
    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.
    2nd Update (sorry - missed the July/August update time)WOW - Paddy and I have been traveling buds since May! The May show was our first...I was scared out of my skin...it was held at the Jax Equestrian Center in the INDOOR - complete indoor - stadium seating. He was great! Walked in there...thought the only thing that was going to eat him was the sun beam casting down on the ground from the ceiling. He snorted at it - side stepped and then went to work. It was me that was holding him back the whole time. Gotta love NERVES! We pulled out a 58.13% at Intro B and a 60% in Intro A and a 61.25 in Dressage Seat Equitation. I was thrilled with the weekend...he loaded, stayed overnight for his first time and showed great

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    Next...we ventured to Ocala for a schooling show. It was held at Longwood Farm South. GORGEOUS place! We stalled in the barn up from the cross country field. The hack was nice to get to the rings to compete. The ring, however, was full of horse eating flowers...hahaha. We were unable to warm up in the ring due to them watering and dragging it the evening prior. So - we made the best of it and went right in for the tests the next day. Paddy got a glimpse of bottle brush plants, palms, crepe myrtles and aloe plants and decided that staying on the quarter line would be HIS best option...LOL. All I could do was laugh the whole time. 52.188 for Intro A and 55.313 for Intro B. I was happy that he took it all in stride and we entered and left without any serious spooking.

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    eye-balling people sitting in the chairs on the side
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    We ventured out AGAIN to Ocala in August. Another schooling show at Longwood. This time, I invited my friend, Julie, to take Paddy into Training Level. She worked with him a couple weeks leading up to the show. I took him into Intro A and B. We came away with a 66.875 (Intro A), 62.188 (Intro B) and Julie brought home a 63.75 for Training 1! I was such a PROUD mom. Sappy, yes...as I was full of tears at the end of her ride. Paddy was a champ at this show! He trailered well, got rest overnight, warmed up with a total game face on, went into the ring and did his job...then took a stroll through the cross country field

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    Video of Training Level test (please, no negative comments on her riding, as she is not on this forum):
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    September came...and the beginning of our local GMO Fall Series kicked off. Paddy and I entered Intro A, B and Equitation. We came away with a 62.81 for Intro A, 65.62 for Intro B and a 71 for Equitation. I swear - he gets better and better every single time I take him somewhere! Sorry - no pictures from this show...as I was a one-woman show team

    October...double qualifier for the local GMO for our November championships. Paddy and I entered Intro B twice and Equitation. It was also the costume contest class...and Paddy was a Medieval War Horse with his 3 year old Princess Eva, aboard him. He is such a WONDERFUL horse...he knows when the little ones are on his back and is a complete puppy dog! We scored a 59.375 in the first Intro B class. That was COMPLETELY my fault! I warmed him up...but then was told I could go early...and I shouldn't have...ugh - he was blowing through my aides and pretty much giving me the middle hoof. Needless to say - I learned a lesson that morning. Second class of Intro B...got some coaching by a LOVELY FEI rider/trainer...and we went in there and pulled out a 65! Equitation - 60%. We QUALIFIED for Championships in Intro Level

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    Paddy with his Princess Eva
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    That's what we have done since April...SHEW! November 17th is the Championships. Working with the FEI rider/trainer now...and that is making some serious improvements to my seat and aides. We are having FUN!

    It's not about the ribbons or score; rather the journey that got you there!
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    Pretty much a lost period of time... my back still isn't right. Soft tissue injuries can take 6 months to a year, so I shouldn't be as impatient...

    Positive side effect is I have increased mobility after! I was completely unable to post the trot for two months after this post, so my sitting trot has improved quite a bit, too, out of necessity!

    Tucson has lost a lot of topline since I haven't been able to work him to continue his strength building, but he is feeling SUPER straight and has had his regular massages. The time off seems to have done him well to get to the bottom of some lingering muscular issues after he had a major fall in turnout a while back.


    And I bought a baby. A two year old, so not bitty baby, but still a baby! I'm looking toward spring for her to get started under saddle but there's no rush. Right now we're working on just the everyday handling I give horses, and she had great early years with her breeder so nothing's much of an issue at all. Hopefully she starts going on visits elsewhere soon and can get used to travelling all over so it's no biggie once we're showing.

    Quote Originally Posted by netg View Post
    Round 1 for me

    My horse: Tucson
    Currently: Always, always more uphill balance, more thrust from behind. He carries pretty well, so it's the power he has to keep developing. 90 days ago we were still working on loosening the back and getting forward consistently, always, without me having to really convince him to do it. Now, he instantly reaches for contact with a whole lot less tension and more power. It was a one ride to the next change which just stuck.
    He threw me 3 1/2 weeks ago (not even misbehaving much, just happened to be in the middle of a half pass where he decided to make up for misbehavior by showing how laterally supple he can be) and I badly sprained my back. Today was my first ride above a walk since. We'll be working on continuing to improve my range of motion in hips/back which right now is the limiting factor in our trot work. We're also going to re-introduce lead changes. As an OTTB of course he knows them, and he did them with no problem jumping as an eventer. When I got him he did clean changes from a shift of weight. However, he had to learn to keep a lead to do counter canter work... and now we have to teach him it's ok to do lead changes, too, if we ask.
    I want cleaner transitions between trot and lengthenings/mediums/extended, as well as more distinction between each of those types of trot. The collected trot needed prior to medium and extended trot needs to become more consistent, too. At the same time, we need to keep that super relaxed, easy, high energy working trot alive because the other trots all require the things it gets him to do with his body as a basis.
    Our trot half passes still need quite a bit of work, but I need to regain control of my seat bones post-injury before I can do that. He has amazing lateral suppleness, I just need to get clearer so he can understand what's being asked. I can't wait until the biomechanics clinician is back in the fall because she's great at giving explanations which help me control my seat bones as I want. When I do that, he responds perfectly pretty much every time.
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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  12. #52
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    Is it ok if I join??? It is kind of round 1 for me. On Saturday I rode my young 3 year old horse for the first time without the Lunge...
    So my goals for the next three months are riding consistant around the Arena in all three gaits while trying to keep the pace and to get my horse to respond to my aids while stretching its neck forward downward and to look for contact...

    I´m looking forward to that phase.....
    Owned proudly by my horses and the Pony
    Blacky by Sandro Hit, Amica by Amidou,
    Sarasota (Princess) by Don Schufro and Daysie by Sandro Hit
    and last not least Kassandra GRP by Burstye Orpheus


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  13. #53
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    Quote Originally Posted by cada931 View Post
    My horse: Cody

    Shorter stirrups have given me a more secure leg, and my hands are definitely better-behaved.

    Comfortable at the canter now, working on consistency of transitions - a relatively loose rein makes all the difference. Two-point could still stand some improvement. Focusing on roundness and getting Cody to learn that I won't crank his head into a "frame" (his past training). It's new for me too.

    Starting to venture into jumping with just a single little X right now. Would like to try combined tests next year.

    Holding off on more shows until I can retrain trailering - he's a BAD loader. Working through a clicker-training process - seems to be getting it so far!
    This is as close as I get to a riding journal

    Cantering with no stirrups periodically, trying to do some "no-stirrups" work every day this month, even if it's only a lap or two. I'd still like more consistent transitions.

    Still working on two-point and x-rails. Pairs of trot poles get Cody moving really well so I try to use them often.

    Looking less at "frame" and more at "contact" - seems like it's all part of the same package though. Have been working from a Jane Savoie YouTube clip that has really helped me.

    Not practicing the trailer as often as I'd like, but last time he loaded like a pro 3 times including once with my husband. I am totally sold on clicker training! The next big challenge will be a short trip (15min) to a nearby stable for schooling - he's always harder to load on the way home



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    This hasn't been bumped in more than 90 days so I thought I'd do it!


    Drastic changes for us in the last 5 months. We had thought we had a lot of the misbehavior issues when going new places gone, then went to a clinic and I was bucked off rather violently. Thankfully I had a soft landing in a mud puddle, but decided we needed a change so I could learn to ride through it and get help figuring out his mentality since he's SO good 98% or more of the time. We've come up with some strategies for getting his mind back those times he starts to melt down, and I've learned a whole lot about using my seat better to get him forward when he tenses and wants to suck back and go upward. He's more uphill and straight than ever, and my seat is constantly improving. I'm not 100% recovered from the injury but far improved, and during the Alex Gerding clinic I rode in this past weekend I actually regained the ability to use my left seatbone without contorting myself to get it down - 10 months post injury!

    It has been a long road, but we're doing well!

    Ellie is starting her formal education any time now - trying to coordinate times to get her up to the trainer's, but that's happening asap. Tucson is staying up there for the sake of his hooves - we're transitioning him to barefoot which was really necessary due to what was happening with the structure of his hooves, but he's overly sensitive even if it weren't a challenging process for a horse anyway, so we're keeping him up there for the fabulous footing to make it easier. I have been riding 4 times a week most weeks and am very tired of the 1 hour drive each way to go see him! Hopefully he'll be home soon, because he's ready to be home other than the hooves, and they have changed pretty dramatically recently. My vet is thrilled, too, so pretty good sign there.

    Quote Originally Posted by netg View Post
    Pretty much a lost period of time... my back still isn't right. Soft tissue injuries can take 6 months to a year, so I shouldn't be as impatient...

    Positive side effect is I have increased mobility after! I was completely unable to post the trot for two months after this post, so my sitting trot has improved quite a bit, too, out of necessity!

    Tucson has lost a lot of topline since I haven't been able to work him to continue his strength building, but he is feeling SUPER straight and has had his regular massages. The time off seems to have done him well to get to the bottom of some lingering muscular issues after he had a major fall in turnout a while back.


    And I bought a baby. A two year old, so not bitty baby, but still a baby! I'm looking toward spring for her to get started under saddle but there's no rush. Right now we're working on just the everyday handling I give horses, and she had great early years with her breeder so nothing's much of an issue at all. Hopefully she starts going on visits elsewhere soon and can get used to travelling all over so it's no biggie once we're showing.
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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    OHH I want to play!

    This is my first round,

    Horse: Winni

    We are working on balancing the canter, staying forward through leg yields and the shoulder-in and baby haunches-in. And the halt, somewhere over the winter I focused on being forward and lost the halt, so I am trying to get her to stand still in the halt and not drift her haunches to the left.

    We went to our first local show (we have done 3 schooling shows where we weren't scored) last weekend and had really good moments and really bad, my goal is to get out more so we can get rid of the really bad moments in the test!



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