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    Default What movement puts the biggest smile on your face?

    I had a fantastic lesson this morning... The trot work felt awesome - so light, forward, and balanced... But the tempis, oh my! We've been working on tempis on and off for a couple of months. Canter is by far my horse's toughest gait but the collection is really coming together. He felt great in the warm up exercises and then we got our first line of five 4 tempis that were correct, uphill, and rythmic! It was AMAZING!!! I think I'm still beaming 2 hours later It was by far the most fun feeling I've had so far - just so. dang. cool!

    So tell me - what exercise or movement puts a giant, ridiculous smile on your face?



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    Passage. No question.



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    Canter pirouettes ..



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    I too love to ride passage. It is such a magestic movement. My second would be a powerful trot extension. I had one OTTB g that could get 9's on his. When it was right it would suck you down into the saddle, just effortless.



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    Down here in lower level smurf-dom, I like my mare's shoulder-in... She is quite good at basic lateral work.
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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    PASSAGE! So incredible. Also a really good trot half pass with lots of power, lightness and bend....mmmmmm.....pirouettes are also yummy....and a perfect trot leg yield is a lovely feeling.
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    Passage when I happen to be sitting on one that can (rarely, but it does happen).

    On my guy, canter pirouettes. He is just starting them but I love them anyway.

    Also a nice half pass.


    Oh what the heck, I like it all.



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    My horse's half-pass. It's really coming to be a thrill. Just last night we practiced collected/medium/collected in half-pass.

    His medium canter is pretty kick-ass, too. Takes my breath away!
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    I just like any of them when they are just THERE like light and solid.

    Ive been able to ride horses training piaffe and that was awesome!

    For my own ponies I love the lengthenings/mediums at the moment.

    BEST feeling ever is training a good canter lengthening on a forward horse and still having suppleness
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    Since I have a green horse in the early stages of training, I can only say that having him be *right there* on the aids, moveable in any direction, responsive and light. His canter work has come along so much in the past few months that I have to say I'm enjoying that he isn't falling to the inside *too* much anymore and that his transitions between the gaits are improving.

    It isn't a movement, per se, but a feeling of connection and balance that makes me happy!
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    It's been a while since I got to do them but I had fun with 2-tempi changes, long long ago when i rode a remote control schoolmaster. They feel so dance-y.

    The thing I like the absolute best though is a plain old perfect 10m circle, ridden entirely off the seat. The kind where you feel you could close your eyes, drop your reins entirely and you and the horse would still be 100% connected. Those give me the most happy-zen type feeling.



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    Probably sounds silly, but I love a nice square properly-executed halt.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddys Mom View Post
    Probably sounds silly, but I love a nice square properly-executed halt.
    That's not silly at all. It's one thing my mare does very well, when the stars align... get a big powerful trot (for her; she's tiny and doesn't have a great trot) going and then HALT square and true. It's almost like she thinks it's fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quietann View Post
    That's not silly at all. It's one thing my mare does very well, when the stars align... get a big powerful trot (for her; she's tiny and doesn't have a great trot) going and then HALT square and true. It's almost like she thinks it's fun.
    Yes, we have to work hard to not end up wide behind, so when he does it right, I smile and he sighs.



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    Passage followed by a perfectly balanced half pass that just floats off and changes direction on the rider's whim without any loss of balance. Love them both.

    In canter work, a really solid piroutte feels amazing, as do one time changes.

    After looking at my reply, I think that they are all equal, it just depends on the horse I'm riding and how difficult it is or isn't for them to perform those movements. Because even a perfectly balanced baby horse learning something new--even how to maintain perfect balance on a simple serpentine can make me smile.

    I think it's how much the horse enjoys it, or how proud they are of accomplishing the movement that makes me smile the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suzier444 View Post
    It's been a while since I got to do them but I had fun with 2-tempi changes, long long ago when i rode a remote control schoolmaster. They feel so dance-y.
    I think this is what I'm loving about the tempis... I kind of hate when people compare dressage to ballet but that line of tempis today definitely felt a little like dancing

    I will say I've gotten to ride a good passage and that also puts a big smile on my face as well but nothing like the tempis did today... Maybe because it's been SO much work to get his canter to this point, I just felt elated!

    I think it's how much the horse enjoys it, or how proud their are of accomplishing the movement that makes me smile the most.
    TOTALLY AGREE. I think about how hard absolutely everything was for this horse when we started and how effortless so many things are becoming... When you see their ears gently forward and bouncing like this stuff is fun and no sweat at all it is a very great thing



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    Stretchy circles! LOVE those!



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    Quote Originally Posted by quietann View Post
    Down here in lower level smurf-dom, I like my mare's shoulder-in... She is quite good at basic lateral work.
    I'm with you, quietann. What leaves me with a riding high is when I achieve schwung in the trot. A swingy, put-together trot is like heaven.

    And when I get floppy, happy dressage horse ears. I achieved those the other day during my ride in a big field and it was pure elation to see that!



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    Extended canter to collected canter to extended canter transitions...

    My horse loves collected cantering and settles in nicely like he can go on forever, but without extended canters (perhaps only truly mediums) will lose he still tends to lose activity and energy. He LOVES forward, and happily goes - and happily comes back to me off my seat for a balanced, uphill and powerful collected canter, then when I just lighten my seat to allow on the next long side GOES again, with such joy, it's visible and I can feel it.

    We get the same thing in trot work, but I love it in the canter better. I can both see results of the fact this horse was bred to race, and given how uphill he naturally is and how much energy is lost in upward instead of all forward movement I can also tell why he was such a failure as a racehorse.
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HSS View Post
    Passage. No question.
    Add to this: "my horse's first real Passage"



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