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    If you want to post a video, I will tell you...

    If you want to post a video, I will tell you exactly what is wrong. It can be a number of things, so pick your poison:
    1) You have not learned to ride the suspension of the canter correctly, and...
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    Sorry for the offense. Hope your lessons go well.

    Sorry for the offense. Hope your lessons go well.
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    Your biggest problem in trying to transition into...

    Your biggest problem in trying to transition into English will be to keep from looking to grab the horn. Until you see how a couple of lessons go, I'd keep what I bought to a minimum. See if the...
  4. The difference in the videos is basically that...

    The difference in the videos is basically that the second one has the mare going faster. In neither one is she correctly using her body.

    So you asked for what is wrong. Most of the mistakes that...
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    Remember that I am judging from a picture. I...

    Remember that I am judging from a picture. I would say that the shape of the tree is wrong, and opening the "inverted V" is just going to bring the front of the saddle down incorrectly, which might...
  6. Thread: Center of motion

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    The rider's center of gravity is behind the...

    The rider's center of gravity is behind the horse's center of gravity when the rider is in a sitting trot. In dressage, we are riding a "following" seat, and this means that the rider's center is...
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    Trying to judge saddle fit with a photo is never...

    Trying to judge saddle fit with a photo is never the best way, of course. But, from the first photo, my reaction is that the saddle's tree does not round enough for a comfortable fit through the...
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    I looked at the ridden picture that is in your...

    I looked at the ridden picture that is in your profile, and wonder if the saddle in that photo is the same one about which we are conjecturing??? Are you still using the two pads in front? Can you...
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    What else different have you done? Added or...

    What else different have you done? Added or changed pads? Went to using a double bridle? Working more in sitting trot? Changed the kind of girth you are using? Can you get a belly lift from this...
  10. It is easy to say "sack the instructor," and I...

    It is easy to say "sack the instructor," and I agree that this is my thought as well. However, that does not address the problem that in many areas of the country, there are really no good...
  11. I had my Albion altered by having longer stirrup...

    I had my Albion altered by having longer stirrup bars replace the originals. It makes getting the stirrup leathers a bit difficult to get on and off, but it does work. It is fairly pricey to have...
  12. A picture is worth a 1000 words. What you have...

    A picture is worth a 1000 words. What you have written just sounds to me as if this mare has always been ridden as point and shoot. She has none of the basics...not even for the jumping portion. ...
  13. Back again...not quite as quickly as I had hoped....

    Back again...not quite as quickly as I had hoped. That little push into the saddle will not hurt your horse. In fact, it does just the opposite. If you do not do it, his center of gravity will...
  14. I went and looked at the newest video that you...

    I went and looked at the newest video that you posted. What I want you to try to do is stop-action the video at 1:21. I picked this point because for most riders, the clockwise direction is the...
  15. Oh, kiddo! You were so close to making good...

    Oh, kiddo! You were so close to making good things happen. He is in a good tempo, and moving fairly well-balanced. He is also just barely starting to get the idea of how to reach into the bit. You...
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    That is one of the worst videos I have ever seen....

    That is one of the worst videos I have ever seen. Actually, what is happening is a very good way to get the horse to start charging the person on the lead. If you notice a short way through, the...
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    I cannot imagine what in the world you are doing,...

    I cannot imagine what in the world you are doing, as I have never before heard of someone asking for ankle exercises. My guess is that you are either trying to ride sitting trot in a forward seat...
  18. Your leg area of actual control should be the...

    Your leg area of actual control should be the groin area. Most women have difficulty in correctly getting the groin down on the saddle in order to use it. If you have ever had an old-time...
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    I imagine the reason there is no posting going on...

    I imagine the reason there is no posting going on is the western saddle. I know that I have never found it very comfortable to post in one, let alone correctly half-halt as one would do in a regular...
  20. Michael Poulin. He is up north of Orlando.

    Michael Poulin. He is up north of Orlando.
  21. Your are LESS stable when your right side is on...

    Your are LESS stable when your right side is on the inside. If the horse bucks, that is the side on which you will fall because you are already more tilted off the horse in that direction.

    When...
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    It is always more difficult to go from right to...

    It is always more difficult to go from right to left than from left to right if the horse (and you) are hollow right. DON'T release that left rein. That is the worst thing you can do. Take more...
  23. Beginning riders are often asked to sit very...

    Beginning riders are often asked to sit very still, and in this, the harm is done. Until you actually experiment with the degree of rotation it takes to actually convey to your horse the message you...
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    Nothing matters if the training is done...

    Nothing matters if the training is done correctly. Forget the horse's age.
  25. A rider must deal with her/his own crookedness as...

    A rider must deal with her/his own crookedness as well as the crookedness of the horse. To do this, a rider must be extremely aware of the weight aids and how to create them to the degree for which...
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