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Woo Hoo! A small brag :)

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  • Woo Hoo! A small brag :)

    It was absolutely gorgeous out this evening so after a short warm up in the outdoor ring I decided to do some schooling in the field... My guy was going great so I decided to take advantage of having a suuuuuper long line to work on tempi changes.... And we got our first perfect set of 4's ever!!! 6 in a row to boot! They went so well I gave the 3's a try... Not perfect across the entire line but we did get 3 in a row! I'm SO incredibly proud of my boy. This horse could not for the life of him do a single change from left to right a year ago and right to left were really tough too. It is amazing the progress you can make with hard work and lessons with an awesome trainer. I'm thrilled!

    Who else had a great ride this week and what is your shameless brag of the day?

  • #2
    yay! so cool!

    my small brag is my 4 yo managed to make it around the arena once in balance and bent and connected - yippee!

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    • #3
      I've had a lot of problem taking my horse away from home, and everyone always wants to blame the rider. Given he was constantly stressed out, it was not just me. Well, we seem to have made great strides there. I had a clinic away from home last weekend with a biomechanics instructor, and he was seriously floppy relaxed. I couldn't believe how much his back was moving in the videos, and he was perfect in a very scary arena, so I got to really work on my riding instead of working on riding him when he wants to get airborne with no warning at any time.
      Originally posted by Silverbridge
      If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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      • #4
        Netg that is huge! Congrats


        We had a light bulb moment for me does that count?

        I wont brag cause I SHOULD have felt it before,,, But anyway I finally felt an honest to goodness downward transition in connection and through ... With me being able to send foward with the leg through...

        It was an amazing feeling to stay through and make it a forward movement
        ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
        http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          Don't you just love tempe changes!!!

          My shameless brag: I entered my first show since September 2010 and got a 73% in fourth 1 - won the class by over 7 percentage points!!! I LOVE my horse.

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          • #6
            Where's the "Like" button??? Like, like, Like!!!!

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            • #7
              I suppose I have a small brag, although it was more of a short victory. On wednesday night, I actually got my horse to move on the bit for the first time! He was relaxed, chewing on the bit, bending that cute neck, working off that butt and lifting his back for quite some time on a 10 meter circle. Unfortunately, as soon as I broke the circle, I lost it. Boo. But it's a start...
              Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

              Originally posted by DottieHQ
              You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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              • #8
                Small victory here. I've been working on canter-walk transitions with my "professor". Left is his better canter lead and, using some ideas from a thread earlier in the week, I was able to get canter-walk with NO trot steps. To the right, it is for some reason more difficult. I'll be interested in working on that with my trainer in a week. But when attempting a canter-walk, I did get a very nice canter-trot transition in balance. We'll get there.

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                • #9
                  My small brag is that my trainer said "we're going to have to shoot some before and after videos of you. But you're improving so fast that soon there won't be a before!" After a ride of many corrections that resulted in us working more as a pair than we ever have.

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                  • #10
                    So last night my lesson was timed so we'd end up under lights because my horse is terrified of scary things he can't see. He's one with no problem watching top halves of boats fly off and land in front of him if he can only see what's happening (yes, it happened - and he was on stall rest at the time; my vet was impressed by how calmly he took it), and the dark shadows outside arena lights scare him.


                    I started off warming up in the jumping arena because someone turned horses out in the covered arena. He tried to steer toward a few jumps, but otherwise wasn't at all concerned. Moved into the covered arena before dark and had a few random people and horses go by in the shadows with no spooking or misbehavior. In fact, he started out sluggish.

                    Then we did some sitting trot and canter/trot work.

                    POWER.

                    My horse doesn't have the natural huge amounts of power some of the nicer warmbloods I've ridden naturally have, but he can definitely tap into it and come really uphill nicely.

                    Last night was a whole other level of power beyond what I'd ridden on another horse. The key was the movement in his back from the sitting trot work and his reach into the contact. It was stronger contact than he's ever given me in a non-leaning way, as he was definitely using that energy cycle to get stronger. Totally controlled and well behaved. Just.... Wow.

                    I've been seeing hints of it more and more often lately, and can't wait until THAT becomes the norm! I wish we'd had video, though it likely wouldn't have worked at night. I'll get to see some eventually....
                    Originally posted by Silverbridge
                    If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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                    • #11
                      My small brag from this afternoon.....my (and my horse's) first-ever attempt at haunches-in was moderately successful. And my horse picked up counter-canter nearly every time I asked for it. Kind of wish I'd gotten some video!

                      I've done all my horse's off-track schooling and someone called him "push-button" the other day. It's a compliment when you installed those buttons yourself
                      I love my Econo-Nag!

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                      • #12
                        My brag is that my beast and I had a good ride for the first time in about 2 weeks. The bugs were gone because it was a little chilly, and I resolved to not let her even get a glimpse of the screen door at one end of the arena that she hates (shoulder-in is useful for many things). It's amazing how balanced she can be when she's not freaking out about bugs or the door! Patience was my key word for the day, and I gave myself a pat on the back for not getting upset with her shenanigans even when she shied at a footprint in the corner that she had put there on her last go around the arena. We did some canter transitions (notice I said transitions not explosions), and some lengthenings to half steps in the trot and I truly felt the most amazing floating trot in some really seamless transitions with really over the top expression in the short steps. They felt more like passage! Annnnndddd I love my horse again:-) Carrots for everyone!

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