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I half-passed at the canter today!

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  • I half-passed at the canter today!

    OMG! Only other DQs could understand how much FUN that was... and what a milestone that is. Of course, it was on the little lesson "hony" that I ride. She's a maybe 14.2h Arab mare who's 27 years young. It was a blast. Since I moved the boys to a new barn, I'm only at my old barn on lesson days (Wednesdays)... so I only ride her on those days. Needless to say, I'm so happy that I've progressed to canter half-passes (which are way more fun then the trot half-pass).

    Amazing what happened when it finally "clicked". Inside leg adds the impulsion to go forward, but you think backward and you move sideways. Sheesh. Least that's how my trainer broke the steps down for me. I can be quite dyslexic at times, so I'm proud of myself for finally figuring it all out.

    Half-passes seem so daunting at first, but once you put all the steps (shoulder-in, leg-yield, renvers & haunches-in...) together, it is quite simple. Or, it's quite simple on a very well trained horse.

    Here's a photo of the little Arab I ride in my lessons... taken last fall. She's a doll.

    Proud owner of Gus & Gringo.
    See G2's blog

  • #2
    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


    • #3
      Good on ya.

      That is the cutest horse, what a face.


      • #4
        Good for you! I just love it when I finally figure something out
        Fair and kind, but with authority... - Jennie Loriston-Clarke


        • #5
          ahhh... and THAT is why we stick with it.

          InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

          Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


          • #6
            Don't ya love it when a plan comes together!!
            I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.


            • #7
              i remember the first time i canter half passed correctly. OMG. i thought i had died and gone to heaven! it is such an amazing feeling!

              good for you! fun ! fun! fun!

              and that mare - too cute!


              • #8
                congrats!! I remember the first time I did a canter half pass, it was very exciting. That pony is the cutest thing EVER!!!!


                • #9
                  I half-passed at the canter today!
                  Me too. I was cantering up the field when a buzzard took off out of the hedge with a rabbit and in an instant I had a perfect half passe.

                  Well done though. Nice horse.


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                    Originally posted by Thomas_1 View Post
                    Me too. I was cantering up the field when a buzzard took off out of the hedge with a rabbit and in an instant I had a perfect half passe.

                    Well done though. Nice horse.

                    It was so much fun. I also got an EXTENDED trot , when I was really asking for a trot lengthening (and I caught some good air time those first couple strides too ). The little mare just out-did herself yesterday. She's a blast to ride though.

                    It's so much fun to finally figure things out, and do them correctly. And like pintopiaffe stated, THAT is why we stick it out.

                    She is a cute mare too, isn't she? Too bad she's not mine . But, I got my pasture fluff boys .
                    Proud owner of Gus & Gringo.
                    See G2's blog


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Thomas_1 View Post
                      Me too. I was cantering up the field when a buzzard took off out of the hedge with a rabbit and in an instant I had a perfect half passe.
                      Nothing like those impromptu movements. I was given a canter pirouette for reasons unknown (something to do with the the snow and nearby leech field).


                      • #12
                        Yay !

                        Well done !

                        It's fun, ain't it ?

                        Taffy's getting pretty good at picking them back up (Has been trained for high level than I am) Now, we have to work on flying changes in the corner so we don't fall over. Though, he does them pretty well in extended canter..

                        Anyways, she's very pretty .


                        • #13
                          holly hunter movie


                          Reminds me of dialogue from an old Holly Hunter/William Hurt movie --Broadcast News.

                          Recently promoted anchorman: "What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?"

                          Rival anchorman: "Keep it to yourself."

                          I AM KIDDING. CONGRATS!!! May we all get there one day :-)
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                          • #14
                            That is awesome! Cute horse too.
                            I saw the angel in the marble and I set him free. - Michaelangelo