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  1. I have close to forty years of Arabians under my...

    I have close to forty years of Arabians under my belt, alibi, though I suspect it will soon be over. I have a bit collection that could sink a battleship. The two bit styles that I mention, came to...
  2. The side reins will work with any Arab provided...

    The side reins will work with any Arab provided the bit is the correct one. Arabians tend to have a low palate, and this means that they will do better in a French link or a Mullen. Which you use...
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    j-lu has described her changing position between...

    j-lu has described her changing position between shoulder-in and halfpass. What she is not aware, is that as her position changes, so do her weight aids, i.e. how she is weighting the stirrups....
  4. Those reins are 'way too short for this mare,...

    Those reins are 'way too short for this mare, especially at this early stage. Let them out a good four inches, and then work her hindquarters forward. I am not positive, but the points of your...
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    When the horse is in correct contact, the head...

    When the horse is in correct contact, the head should be carried in such a fashion that the cheekpiece of the bridle is vertical to the ground. Yes, it does make a difference, and yes, there are...
  6. From what I have been told, the twist of the...

    From what I have been told, the twist of the saddle can only be one direction different less than the width of the tree. For instance, if you need a wide tree saddle, then the best for which you can...
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    The only difference between shoulders-in and...

    The only difference between shoulders-in and halfpass is the way the stirrups are weighted. While shoulders-in weights the inside stirrup, halfpass needs that weight taken back into the outside...
  8. The benefit for a rider doing "western" dressage,...

    The benefit for a rider doing "western" dressage, but coming from a straight dressage background, would be that the rider would have to develop better ability to use her seat. She would also need to...
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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...
  12. 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...
  14. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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. ...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
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